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In Search of America
     

In Search of America

by Peter Jennings
 

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eter Jennings and Todd Brewster conceived of this fascinating book long before the events of September 11th. But watching America respond to one of the worst attacks in its history deepened the meaning of their project. Now, more than ever, Americans need to treasure their way of life, and to reacquaint themselves with the founding ideas that united and sustained this

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eter Jennings and Todd Brewster conceived of this fascinating book long before the events of September 11th. But watching America respond to one of the worst attacks in its history deepened the meaning of their project. Now, more than ever, Americans need to treasure their way of life, and to reacquaint themselves with the founding ideas that united and sustained this country in its struggle for independence two hundred and twenty-five years ago. In Search of America explores the basic ideals that drive and define the American character. Exquisitely designed, lavishly illustrated with photographs, and peppered with fascinating sidebars, this superb blend of eyewitness reporting and history is a significant, timely achievement. In Search of America is a splendid and provocative journey, one that will assure each and every American that though the principles of our great nation may be shaken, molded, adapted, and assaulted, remarkably, they endure.

Editorial Reviews

American Way
A well-done piece.
Arizona Republic
A good gift book.
Publishers Weekly
Anchorman Jennings and television producer Brewster illuminate contemporary American society with six stories, set in six different locations, examining central themes of American life: race, government, business, immigration, religion and culture. Each section is buttressed by thematically related sidebars and full-color illustrations. The battle in a South Carolina town to have creationism added to the public school biology curriculum is viewed in the context of the ongoing struggle between religion and science in America, and the chapter is supplemented by a discussion of the Scopes trial, the often overlooked complexity of Thomas Jefferson's ideas on religion and state and a look at the battle over textbooks in Texas. Another chapter focuses on attempts to revive the downtown of predominantly black Gary, Ind., thus highlighting the role of race in America. A look at Frito-Lay's efforts to market potato chips around the world underscores the role of business in America and its attempt to spread "the gospel of the free market" to undeveloped countries. The presentation is highly polished, and the authors report nonjudgmentally on various points of view in each controversy. But the authors do reach an optimistic conclusion that, indeed, the principles laid down by the founders 225 years ago "still form the essence of the American identity." (One-day laydown Sept. 3) Forecast: Major ABC promotion, a $500,000 national print ad campaign and the airing of the multipart TV program of the same title September 3-9, as well as the Jennings name, will make this a bestseller like the authors' last collaboration, The Century. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In this audio version of a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book, with the inevitable result that much of the richness and variety have disappeared, the theme comes through clearly as Jennings and Brewster examine the following: How have certain stated national ideals of the U.S. Founding Fathers stood up to the test of time? The authors select six instances in contemporary America of a particular ideal facing the challenges of today. In South Carolina, for example, a reputable scientist who also believes in creationism faces a local school board, and the argument from as far back as before the Scopes Monkey Trial airs once again. In another case, conservatives debate the size of government, this time at a national convention in Washington, DC. In Boulder, CO, a high school drama coach selects the musical Hair for production, to the consternation of some and the education of many regarding the era of the Vietnam War. These tales make interesting listening, not the least because the reader is Jennings himself, anchorman extraordinaire for ABC News. While little in the way of new ground is plowed here, the program should experience a high circulation in popular history collections.-Don Wismer, Cary Memorial Lib., Wayne, ME Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786867080
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
09/03/2002
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 10.75(h) x 1.12(d)

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