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Americana: Dispatches from the New Frontier

Americana: Dispatches from the New Frontier

Written by Hampton Sides

Narrated by Kris Koscheski


Americana: Dispatches from the New Frontier

Written by Hampton Sides

Narrated by Kris Koscheski

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3.5/5 (2 ratings)
Length:
17 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Jun 15, 2016
ISBN:
9781515977766
Format:
Audiobook

Description

For more than fifteen years, bestselling author and historian Hampton Sides has traveled widely across the continent exploring the America that lurks just behind the scrim of our mainstream culture.



In these two dozen pieces, collected here for the first time, Sides gives us a fresh, alluring, and at times startling America brimming with fascinating subcultures and bizarre characters who could live nowhere else. Following Sides, we crash the redwood retreat of an apparent cabal of fabulously powerful military-industrialists, drop in on the Indy 500 of bass fishing, and join a giant techno-rave at the lip of the Grand Canyon. We meet a diverse gallery of American visionaries-from the impossibly perky founder of Tupperware to Indian radical Russell Means to skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. We retrace the route of the historic Bataan Death March with veterans from Sides's acclaimed World War II epic, Ghost Soldiers. Americana gives us a sparkling mosaic of our country today, in all its wild and poignant charm.
Publisher:
Released:
Jun 15, 2016
ISBN:
9781515977766
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Hampton Sides is a best-selling author and author of numerous history books.


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  • (3/5)
    Some of these essays by Hampton Sides were riveting. "A Murder in Falkner" is an engrossing story of true crime. Other essays, like the opening essay about Tony Hawk, are worth skipping. Definitely take a look at this book if you are interested in American culture, but feel free to pick and choose what interests you.
  • (4/5)
    I loved this book, from essays about Airstream trailer road clubs to a bass fisherman tournament; left on my own to seek out reading material, I would have sought out nary a one. The author can write and I once again find myself following a good writer wherever he takes me like a loyal dog.