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From Publishers Weekly

Former CBS newsman Kuralt's tales from the road spent 17 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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After serving 37 years as a reporter at CBS, Kuralt retired and set out on a trip to see his favorite American locations at their best. During the course of a year, he traveled across the country and stopped, for example, at Charleston, South Carolina, for the azaleas in March and Woodstock, Vermont, for the fall colors in October. In this journal, the author records the people, places, and pets he encountered. One of the most interesting chapters in the book is the final one, set in Manhattan, Kuralt's hometown, in December. Kuralt describes small-town New York, a large city composed of tiny, personal neighborhoods. This pleasant, genial book will be of interest to Kuralt fans. Recommended for public libraries.
Caroline Mitchell, Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; First Printing edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385485107
  • ASIN: B0044KN1NA
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,210,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The book "America" by Charles Kuralt is an exciting journey from one corner of America to the other, and from one part of Kuralt's life to another during "a very special year." Memories of "On the Road" are easily evoked as you start your adventure among the uniqueness of New Orleans. Areas sampled along the way vary from the seacoasts of Maine and California to the mountains of North Carolina and the vibrant streets of New York. The reader discovers the warmth and beauty of our nation as shown in the diversity of people and activities that Kuralt revels in during his
magical year. This book may be of special interest to those who are not intimate with the USA, and can be used as a starting point for planning one's own journey of discovery and delight. I heartily recommend this trek through America.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "kristimk" on November 28, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
This is one of the best books ever! It was a gift given to me a while ago, and I have listened to it several times. I actually own it on audiocassette, and I think that this is one of those books that are better listened to and experienced that way than through reading. The sound of his voice adds so much expression and emotion to his recounts, and the stories are entertaining with an underlying "life lesson" in each. His appreciation and admiration of the world are simply, absolutely beautiful.
You simply cannot pass up such a wonderful book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ANDREW MCHENRY on September 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
When Charles Kuralt retired from CBS he decided to do something enjoyable.... spend a year vacationing at his favorite places in the country. He selected twelve places, and spent one month in each place in it's peak season: January in New Orleans, October in Vermont, August in Maine, etc. Each chapter gives a 20-30 page account of his experiences in each individual location.
Good: Kuralt is just an excellent writer. After reading each chapter you feel like you've visited each place yourself. In my opinion his most interesting visits were Twin Bridges, Montana; Ketchikan, Alaska; Key West, and New Orleans. He gives brilliant, flavorful descriptions of the sights, sounds, smells, and personalities he runs into in each part of the country.
Bad: Kansas wasn't included in his travels. Also, it would be interesting to see how someone from my generation would do a book like this. Kuralt's perspective seems more geared towards his own generation. But that certainly didn't keep a young buck like me from enjoying it.
Opinion: This book is a great retreat for those of us who would like to travel to the wonderful places this country has more often but have neither the time nor the resources to do so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas B. Martin on December 24, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Having had the pleasure of working closely with the (dearly-missed) Charles Kuralt, I had to chance to see first-hand this gifted journalist's genuine love and affection for the American people, and his appreciation for the unique characteristics (and wonderful stories) that make this such a special place. I purchased this copy to share with a friend who was planning a visit to New Orleans, and I love the way Mr. Kuralt captured that unique American city. He captures Key West beautifully too, and Charleston, and... Even with the ever-escalating pace of change, this book has held up wonderfully and is guaranteed to lift your spirits, and take to the road in search of fascinating and unique characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roy W. Latham on December 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Charles Osgood called Kuralt "The only genius that television news ever produced." I'll go with that. People were surprised when Kuralt retired abruptly. We later learned that he was in the process of succumbing to a fatal disease. So Kuralt was not just touring America, he was saying good bye to it. It is a brilliant work.
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Format: Hardcover
I'd always looked forward to Kuralt's broadcasts on CBS. He made everything he talked about so very interesting. America is an intriguing book because Kuralt did something so many of us have wanted to do, take off and spend time in places we love. He decided to take a year and spend a month in a different place. Each place was well known to him, as were the people.
Kuralt spent January in New Orleans where the reader or listener is treated to a mouth watering and sensual description of a city that defies the visiter not to enjoy himself. As the reader or listener, you are given a tour through New Orleans that only someone who loves her can give. Each month finds the reader traveling to Alaska, North Carolina, Maine,Minnesota, and, of course, Christmas in New York City.
You want to take an exclusive arm chair tour of the the country? Sit down in a comfy chair with your favorite beverage and have your mind's eye captivated by some of the most vivid descriptions you"ll ever read.
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Format: Paperback
If you've enjoyed Charles Kuralt over the years ,you'll love this book.In 255 pages we are treated to 120 stories about interesting,famous,familiar,personal,human intrest stories and just about anything you might come across if you travelled America as Kuralt did and told us about for so many years.What you should really get from this book is that there is this type of thing all around us,no matter where you go or where you live.One doesn't have to spend their coin,or line up with crowds to see interesting things or meet interesting people.Everyone has a story to tell and every place has it's unusual or interesting points of interest.I have been a long time follower of Ripley's Believe It or Not! ;and that is what Ripley did as he travelled the world to find the unbelievable,unusual,strange or otherwise interesting.

The book will provide a great read for anyone interested in people or things,whether they are young,middle-aged or in their senior years.
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