American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

by Bob Dotson
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American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things by Bob Dotson

“These are remarkable and poignant stories that need to be told.” —Ken Burns
 
More than six million people watch Bob Dotson’s Emmy award-winning segment, American Story, on NBC’s Today Show. For the last four decades, Dotson has traveled the country searching out inspiring individuals who quietly perform everyday miracles. In the process, he has become the treasured cartographer of America’s heart and soul.

Today’s news is overwhelmingly grim; it’s also told by journalists who travel in herds as they trail politicians and camp out at big stories. In American Story, Dotson shines a light on America’s neglected corners, introducing readers to the ordinary Americans who have learned to fix what really matters.

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ISBN-13: 9780142180761
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 477,215
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bob Dotson lives in Mystic, Connecticut.

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American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Chronicling The Unsung Heroes Among Us~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bob Dotson , veteran correspondent at the Today Show has spent the last 30 years highlighting the stories of the quietly inspiring folks among us. Of course he isn't the first to do this, but he has done it well in this a high profile collection of short vignettes about "ordinary" citizens, "people who live the values our country cherishes." The longtime Today Show correspondent offers a collection of heartwarming stories about ordinary citizens, "people who live the values our country cherishes." Like the former CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt whose books about his travels throughout the US were popular in the 90s, Dotson has been telling such stories for a long time, reporting on people "whose values were never preached, just lived." So we learn (among many others) about the doctor who corralled other retired physicians and RNs to create a health clinic serving the poor on Hilton Head Island; the artist from New York who traveled the country, trading his paintings for food and a roof over his head; and the photographer that spent ten years shooting inspiring pictures of the giant cedars of western Washington which led to establishing Lewis and Clark National Park. For many of those featured, I would have liked more in-depth portrayals, but Dotson has covered a lot of ground, and wants to share it. So don't look for nuanced psychological profiles, but still, the overall effect of the book was inspiring. For books of more in-depth (and as my test runs, more off-beat) profiles of extraordinary people, I highly recommend The Man Who Quit Money and I Walked to the Moon and Almost Everybody Waved: The Curiously Inspiring Adventures of a Free Spirit Who Changed Lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Bob's stories on the Today Show from the Rockefeller tree stories to just any of the "feel good" stories that e finds about regular Americans across the country. If you would like a good read and a book you can carry with you and read one story at a time, be sure to buy this book. You will not be disappointed. We all know that there are good people in our country and watching the daily news can be discouraging, but this brings renewal of hope and a smile that there is good in our country. Would make a good gift for anyone who likes to read of any age.
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