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Product Details

  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (October 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979482275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979482274
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rose Aguilar is the host of Your Call, a daily, live call-in radio show on NPR-affiliates KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and KUSP 88.9 FM in Santa Cruz. Rose is a contributor to the book, Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland. She also writes for Alternet.org and offers political analysis for the BBC.

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Please, everyone, read this book before you vote!!!
Annette Archambeau
I'm giving this book to several family and friends for the holidays.
David M. Sloves
A riveting well-written book that I could not put down.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Annette Archambeau on October 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Please, everyone, read this book before you vote!!!

A book that presents a fresh, honest outlook on our country!
This brave young woman really did her homework to find out the difference between what's been reported in the news and the actual news. She's then taken that knowledge to help the public gently question their beliefs in live interviews.
A must read, you'll love it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David M. Sloves on November 23, 2008
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Red Highways was a gift for myself. I heard Ms. Aguilar on a radio interview and was hooked. It was like hearing a much younger, female version of Studs Terkel. Her observations about places like Mississippi were fascinating. I clicked and ordered the book that day.

The book was better than I hoped. The narrative was compelling; more than just a series of clever observations, Aguilar's journey inspires and outrages -- but most importantly, it engages. I could not put the book down, despite work and personal commitments that made that rather ... impractical.

I'm giving this book to several family and friends for the holidays. It provides real context to the Obama success and real hope that the Red/Blue schism may indeed be, at minimum, made less wide and less absolute.

READ THIS BOOK -- it's good for what ails you and US.

And with Studs Terkel's death, it's truly uplifting that he left behind not just his work, but protege's like Rose Aguilar to carry on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Donovan on February 27, 2009
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Once I got going, I couldn't put this book down. I grew up in a family that was politically mixed, so the diverse range of political viewpoints was familiar to me. What was not familiar was a side of America that I've only seen in old movies - places where racism still divides and hatred or fear overrule what's best for the common good.

Many of the stories in this book are delightful. You get to meet an environmentalist Republican and an anti-choice Democrat, proving that here in America, we've got it all. Also interesting is the recurring theme of joblessness and poverty taking hold of small town America over four years ago, a dark foreshadowing to the economic crises we are facing today.

No matter what your political views are, where you live, or who you voted for, this book will connect you with a United States that you didn't know existed. Sometimes it takes an adventurous reporter traversing reality to bring us the truth about where we live and who we live with.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Jameson on October 13, 2008
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A book everyone needs to read. It tells us we are not really divided,We really are the United States....... This book proves that we all want and need the same things from our government. It made me feel like you were with her on her venture. This is a book you will not want to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather O'Roark on February 17, 2009
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This book was fascinating. When Ms. Aguilar contacted me and asked if I'd like to read her book, I thought the idea sounded pretty interesting and I was very curious about what she did with the premise, where she took this grandiose idea to travel around the country, talking to strangers about their politics. Red Highways totally surpassed any expectations I could have had for it. The conversations Aguilar had with "red state" Americans were so interesting... she really showed that these places are not solely made up of conservative Republicans, that in actuality there is just as much diversity in some of these areas as in big cities such as New York or Chicago. The book made a really good case for just talking about politics with friends, neighbors, family, whoever you spend time with, because so many of the people Aguilar talked to explained that they were Democrats or even moderates but were afraid to make that information public among their Republican friends, neighbors, and church families. The funny thing was, Aguilar would find several different people in the same group that said this... they were all hiding the same "secret" (and my guess is that you'd find the opposite to be true in places like San Francisco - people too afraid to admit they're conservatives).

Not only is this book interesting, but at just over 200 pages it is very accessible. It written in an easy, conversational type style which makes it a book that just about anyone could easily pick up and get through in a relatively short amount of time. Which is fantastic, because I think that Red Highways is something everyone should read, especially those of us liberal Northerners unfamiliar with the "red states".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee Montgomery on November 16, 2008
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Rose Aguilar's "Red Highways" is simply a delight.
A road trip tale that never fails to surprise and enlighten.
A political novel that is empathetic and spares the demagoguery.
A look into the American lives, feelings and opinions that the mass media, and many politicians, fail to listen to; but Ms. Aguilar does.
A seasoned radio interviewer, Rose Aguilar takes the time to listen to the denizens of the road and residents of the four states that she and her companion traveled through (Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Montana- I for one would love to see her cover the other 46!). There are conversations and spirited debates and of course, opinions will differ across our diverse nation. However, the ones presented here are meticulously genuine and represent views not necessarily expected from those who gladly share them.
To listen is a simple courtesy not always extended, and rewarded beyond measure.
The `Red Highways' lead from gun shows to churches, from fairs to the living rooms of generous strangers, and it doesn't matter quite as much how much Americans' ideologies and politics differ as we come to find over Ms. Aguilar's four months of interaction and interviewing. We find here in the many delightful and heart-rending tales of the road just how unified we all could be, and how much our senses of spirit and humor survive the hard yet hopeful times so many of us share.
And what a fine stocking-stuffer for family and friends...no matter their political persuasions!
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