One Man's America

One Man's America

The Pleasures And Provocations Of Our Singular Nation

Book - 2008
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America's most widely read and most influential commentator casts his gimlet eye on our singular nation. Moving far beyond the strict confines of politics, George F. Will offers a fascinating look at the people, stories, and events--often unheralded--that make the American drama so endlessly entertaining and instructive. With Will's signature erudition and wry wit always on display, One Man's America chronicles a spectacular, eclectic procession of figures who have shaped our cultural landscape--from Playboy founder Hugh Hefner to National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr., from Victorian poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, from cotton picker--turned--country singer Buck Owens to actor-turned-president Ronald Reagan. Will crisscrosses the country to illuminate what it is that makes America distinctive. He visits the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor and ponders its enduring links to the present. He travels to Milwaukee to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of an iconic brand, Harley-Davidson. In Los Angeles he finds the inspiring future of education, while in New York he confronts the dispiriting didacticism of the avant-garde. He ventures to the Civil War battlefields of Virginia to explore what we risk when we efface our own history. And on the outskirts of Chicago he investigates one of the darkest chapters in American history, only to discover a shining example of resilience and grace--the best the country has to offer.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Crown Forum, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307407863
Characteristics: xiv, 384 p. ; 25 cm.


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Dec 09, 2013

"Will is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and the Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement." Oh wow! This about the guy who got rid of his first wife (starter wife??) to marry a lobbyist for the Japanese Manufacturing Association and her colossal-sized salary! (Prior to the marriage, Will was always lambasting the trade practises of Japan, but after his second marriage, he immediately kept quiet!) I was impressed one time and one temporary time only with Will: he commented in one of his columns that the best anti-poverty program was a job, but after marrying the lobbyist for a foreign association, he began to fully support the offshoring of as many American jobs as possible! Wonder why I distrust the flimsy Pulitzer and Bradley, huh?

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