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“The constantly shifting cultural landscape of contemporary Georgia,” writes James C. Cobb, “presents a jumbled panorama of anachronism, contradiction, contrast, and peculiarity.” A Georgia native, Cobb delights in debunking familiar myths about his state as he brings its past to life and makes it relevant to today. Not all of that past is pleasant to recall, Cobb notes. Moreover, not all of today’s Georgians are as unequivocal as the tobacco farmer who informed a visiting journalist in 1938 that “we Georgians are Georgian as hell.” That said, a great many Georgians, both natives and new arrivals, care deeply about the state’s identity and consider it integral to their own. Georgia Odyssey is the ideal introduction to our past and a unique and often provocative look at the interaction of that past with our present and future.
"One of the most refreshing works on the state to appear in years. . . . Cobb writes in a style that is lively and personal. Georgia Odyssey is one of those rare works that effectively bridge the unnecessarily wide and often artificial gap between professional scholars and an informed public."--Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Cobb’s book proves that state histories do not have to be the stuff of graduate student nightmares. Clear, fast-paced, and thoroughly engaging, it is the sort of work that reminds readers of the narrative power of well-written history."--Florida Historical Quarterly
"Cobb is eminently qualified to lead the reader on an odyssey through the state’s history. This book is a delight to read. Throughout, Cobb is able to sustain a downhome, familiar style that seems to fit the subject perfectly.”--Journal of Southwest Georgia History
"If you want to know what makes the South tick, you might well look to James Cobb for insight.”--John Egerton
"The reader will put the book down with a deeper understanding of Georgia in all its contradictions. . . . Georgia Odyssey is no dry academic history . . . instead it's an engagingly written volume that sometimes reads more like an irreverent conversation than words on paper."--Athens Banner-Herald