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O America: When You and I Were Young Hardcover – 1977

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row; 1st edition (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060102268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060102265
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,253,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read several books by Barzini and greatly admire his work. He is insightful, literate, thought-provoking, and still remains accessible. 'O America' is one of my favourite books by him. The prose is often poetic in its ability to convey the sights, sounds, smells, mores, prejudices, hopes, dreams and emotions of a specific time and place, in both America and the life of a young immigrant.

Through Barzini's eyes, we see a snapshot of an America that is in our past. The book is at times nostalgic, pragmatic, amusing, poignant, hopeful, optimistic and regretful. Barzini sees strengths, the things that make a society great, as well as the weaknesses that make a society less than perfect. He reflects upon where he and America were, once upon a time, and where both of them are at the time of the book's writing. They are both older, perhaps wiser, with some dreams and potential fulfilled and others lost as life interceded.

I like the way Barzini shows how the history of an individual, a society and a nation are inextricably bound together. He conveys to us that we are a product of our time and place, and of our experiences. He makes us think about how we will feel as we reflect upon our own lives as we age. Who have we become, how do we feel about where we are and who we are at this stage, have we accomplished what we hoped to do? What were some of our formative experiences, what stands out as factors that influenced us and shaped us? Barzini engages the reader, draws us in and makes us think and feel; his little memoir conveys a much deeper message than it would first appear.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves history, or simply loves reading the words of a born storyteller. Barzini is a master of his craft.
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Luigi Barzini delivers perhaps one of the best accounts on the vibrant and 'young' America, just above de Beauvoir's "America Day by Day." As the son of one of the most brilliant journalists of Italy during the war years, Luigi Barzini 'padre', Luigi Barzini possessed a keen understanding of what America and 'having an American mind' was all about. "Later I learned that many Americans also obliterated themselves in other ways," observed Barzini, "plunging into endless hard work until they died in harness, pursuing fanatical causes, amassing vast fortunes, or conquering immense power. ... This, of course," he went, "was one of the enigmas of American life, possibly the central enigma, whose solution would probably clarify every other."
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An intuitive look at America from a forigner. Barzini is able to step back, view our culture, and observe how all the pieces fit together and how it had an effect on him as an adolescent. It helped me understand who we are.
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