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"A delight to read...conveys with sustained excitement and remarkable accuracy the sights and sounds of the American scene." -- Sunday Times (London)

"The spirited writing, permeated with a sense of excitement and discovery, makes it a delight to read." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"This is one of the very best travel books, one of the very best impressions of contemporary America..." -- The Saturday Review

About the Author

Jan Morris is a travel writer and historian. Her many books include Hong Kong: Epilogue to an Empire, The Venetian Empire: A Sea Voyage, Conundrum, and Among the Cities.
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Product Details

  • Series: Travelers' Tales Classics
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales; Reprint edition (March 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885211791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885211798
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written in what must be the heyday of the American Dream - before it became soured - this is Jan Morris's lighter travel through a different empire, inducing envy for not having experienced it ourselves and nostalgia for an America that has passed.

The journey, undertaken when she was still James, is marvelously evocative and is as detailed as her other works. The travel narrative is as engaging as Theroux or Raban (with whom she is friends) with her particular eye for historical details that become almost prophecies.

I recommend it as an ideal `entry point' to enjoying this historians writing for anyone not yet an aficionado and collector of her works.
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An interesting insight into 1950s America as the writer travels around the country, a time capsule of an era long gone. Good though sometimes over elaborate prose is the book's hallmark.
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Worth finding-- a charmer of a book filled with descriptions of the America that was.
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Written about ten years before his sex change operation, this disappointing book is suprsingly dry and tedious. Thankfully, the author does express some definite opinions however many of the cities visited were not interesting. I gave up about half way through.
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