One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation

One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation


In his provocative and compelling new e-book, America’s most generally learn and such a lot influential commentator casts his gimlet eye on our singular state. relocating some distance past the stern confines of politics, George F. Will bargains a desirable examine the folk, tales, and events–often unheralded–that make the yankee drama so eternally pleasing and instructive.

With Will’s signature erudition and wry wit constantly on show, One Man’s America chronicles a superb, eclectic procession of figures who've formed our cultural landscape–from Playboy founder Hugh Hefner to nationwide evaluation founder William F. Buckley Jr., from Victorian poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to overcome poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, from cotton picker— turned—country singer dollar Owens to actor-turned-president Ronald Reagan.

Will crisscrosses the rustic to light up what it really is that makes the USA particular. He visits the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor and ponders its enduring hyperlinks to the current. He travels to Milwaukee to have fun the hundredth anniversary of an iconic model, Harley-Davidson. In l. a. he reveals the inspiring way forward for schooling, whereas in big apple he confronts the dispiriting didacticism of the avant-garde. He ventures to the Civil warfare battlefields of Virginia to discover what we chance once we efface our personal background. And at the outskirts of Chicago he investigates one of many darkest chapters in American background, simply to find a shining instance of resilience and grace–the most sensible the rustic has to supply.

Will’s large lens takes in even more as well–everything from the “most emblematic novel of the Nineteen Thirties” (and no, it isn't concerning the Joads) to the cult of ESPN to Brooks Brothers and Ben & Jerry’s. and naturally, One Man’s America wouldn't be entire with no the author’s insights at the nationwide hobby, baseball–the icons and the cheats, the hapless and the greats.

Finally, in a private and reflective flip, Will writes movingly of his thirty-five-year-old son Jon, born with Down syndrome, and can pay loving and poignant tribute to his mom, who died on the age of ninety-eight after an extended fight with dementia.

The essays in One Man’s America, even if critiquing American tradition, mirror Will’s deep affection and regard for our kingdom. in any case, he notes, while the United States falls brief, it does so purely compared to “the uniquely excessive criteria it has set for itself.” after all, this brilliantly informative and wonderful e-book reminds us of the iconic price of “the easy virtues and decencies that could make groups flourish and that experience made the US nice and exemplary.”

From the Hardcover edition.

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