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In Search of America Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 1, 2002
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Brewster served as Senior Editorial Producer for ABC News and co-authored three books with the late Peter Jennings: The Century, The Century for Young People, and In Search of America. The Century, a 600-page book on the history of the twentieth century, was originally designed as a companion book for ABC's 1999 documentary series of the same name, but months before the series debuted, the book had already topped the New York Times Best Seller List. It remained near the top of the list for nearly a year and is believed to have sold more than 1.5 million copies, more than any "companion book" in publishing history.
From 2004-2005, Brewster served as a Knight Fellow at Yale Law School and from 2005 to 2006 as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. He has written extensively on constitutional issues and is the Director of the National Constitution Center's The Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution. Brewster has written for Vanity Fair, Time, The New York Times and Life, where he was a senior editor from 1988 to 1992. A native of Indianapolis Indiana, he was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2000. From 2008 to 2013, Brewster was the Don E. Ackerman Director of Oral History at West Point. He was also director of United States Military Academy's West Point Center for Oral History. He was Executive Producer of Into Harm's Way, a 2013 documentary film about the West Point Class of 1967.
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This book also capitalizes on the impressive range of data collected by ABC-TV in preparation for their superb "In Search Of America" series of televised documentaries, and the book therefore has a virtual cornucopia of offering for the reader to use in coming to appreciate the dynamic diversity that is such a celebrated aspect of American life. Whether investigating civic arguments about the separation of church and state or existential concerns of Latinos in the land of the Mormons, the reader can find an almost endless variety of facts, anecdotes, and examples of all that we have cause to find pride in as American citizens.
In essence, the book represents an absorbing attempt by Jennings and Brewster to explore the stated national ideals they believe are the defining and driving forces for our culture. And the work they have accomplished in delivering this vision of contemporary America is an impressive display of how to usefully employ eyewitness anecdotes with elements of contemporary history in service to a lavishly produced and excellently articulated narrative about the current state of the polity and the society at large.
In times of such turmoil and emotional distress, it is wonderful to have such a glowing look at our collective enterprise as is offered here.Read more ›
The "Boulder" feature held my interest as it is steeped full of music history. Even used a bit of political humor as background. John Adams, the 'voice of self-control' in 1787, as the Constitution was drafted was used as an example. His sense of happiness came from benevolelnt qualities and 'virtue'; he was concerned about the high percentage of the population back then who were succumbing to alcohol intoxication, extravagance, vice (gambling?) amd folly. I had thought that was just the way of life those folks had to show they were 'somebody.' He pushed for more government control to stem this corruption. Washington and Jefferson, on the other hand, espoused the consumption of wines. Today, drugs are considered worse than that national "disease."
The early American humor included making fun of backwoodsmen (like Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone), the minstrel shows (black-face) and the Yankee. In the South, we still feel that way sometimes about the latter.
In 1904, the Yankee Doodle Dandy performed by George Cohan on Broadway led the way in the first 'truly American' musical, LITTLE JOHNNY JONES. James Cagney portrayed him in the movie named after the song.
There is interesting information about how "You're A Grand Old Rag" was changed to the classic, 'You're A Grand Old Flag.' His inspiration was by a chance-remark he had overheard by a Civil War veteran who survived Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg.Read more ›
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