Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States

Overview

Black, opinionated, and from a working-class background, Gary Younge is not your typical foreign correspondent. Yet, in three years as The Guardian newspaper's New York correspondent, Younge has acquired a transatlantic reputation as one of the most thoughtful commentators on contemporary America.

In these pages we take the stage with an extravagantly attired drag queen in John Ashcroft's hometown, join the dinner table of a fundamentalist ...
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Overview

Black, opinionated, and from a working-class background, Gary Younge is not your typical foreign correspondent. Yet, in three years as The Guardian newspaper's New York correspondent, Younge has acquired a transatlantic reputation as one of the most thoughtful commentators on contemporary America.

In these pages we take the stage with an extravagantly attired drag queen in John Ashcroft's hometown, join the dinner table of a fundamentalist Republican who has just lost his son in the Iraq war, and ride a bus with a group of illegal immigrants on a latter-day Freedom Ride to Washington, DC. We also listen in on expansive discussions with, among others, Warren Beatty, Michael Moore, Louis Farrakhan, the late Susan Sontag, and Maya Angelou. And throughout, we are in the company of a guide whose unique insights into the American psyche make for memorable reading.

Taking full advantage of his outsider status, Younge provides a fresh perspective on a nation that is at once growing more isolated from the rest of the world and bitterly divided against itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595580689
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/26/2006
  • Pages: 301
  • Sales rank: 1,343,879
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Younge has been on the staff of The Guardian since 1994, and is a frequent contributor to The Nation. He was the recipient of the Washington Post's Lawrence Stern Fellowship in 1996, and his previous book, No Place Like Home, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Actually, random lawlessness ruled on September 10th, too 3
We are all victims now 7
Shades of grey 11
The limits of generosity 15
The United States, race and war 19
Don't mention the dead 23
Get mad - and get even 28
Blame the white trash 32
Never mind the truth 36
A fantasy of freedom 40
No home fit for heroes 44
Blair's blowback 51
Black bloke 57
Jesse Jackson : power, politics and the preacher man 61
Claudette Colvin : she would not be moved 71
Not while racism exists 84
Don't blame Uncle Tom 88
Louis Farrakhan : banned but believable 96
Different class 104
A supreme showdown 111
I have a dream 125
Racism rebooted 129
Only helicopters disturb the chilling calm 137
Left to sink or swim 140
Good old boys, bad old days 144
Challenging the big buck 149
Left over? 153
Born in the eye of the FBI 161
Gay is the new black 172
God help America 176
Behind the bigotry in Middletown, a stronger, more positive community 180
On the bus with the freedom riders 184
Beyond the ballot box 188
Spirit of the Dean machine 192
A hierarchy of suffering 195
"God has a plan. Bush will hold back the evil." 199
Brush-off for new broom Nader 203
Braving Springfield's anti-gay backlash 207
This election is not a vote about ideas 211
If progressives can win in Utah, they can win anywhere 216
Bush in ethical meltdown, but all liberals can do is gloat 220
Warren Beatty : rebel with a cause 227
Harlem - the new theme park 238
Susan Sontag : the risk taker 246
Maya Angelou : no surrender 256
Michael Moore : the capped crusader 267
Jayson Blair : the man who took the New York Times for a ride 276
Sesame sans frontieres 283
On tour with the harbingers of doom 287
Jon Stewart : such a tease 291
Urbane, not urban 298
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