- Paperback: 229 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 23, 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
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey Into the Heartland 1st Edition
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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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I was amazed at the hold of religious dogma along with the need to be accepted by the community in their often self-defeating political choices.
A riveting well-written book that I could not put down.
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". This was a really eye-opening read for me and I got a lot of insight about stereotypes we all have, myself included.
The only thing I might add to this pretty great book would be a touch more analysis. Aguilar explains that the main thing she learned from this project is how important it is to get out of your comfort zone, engage with people who think and believe differently than you do - and as someone who lives in San Francisco, she stated that her regular interactions tended to be with people just like her. What she points out here is an excellent take away from Red Highways, but I feel like there could be so much more. I feel like this book is packed full of discussions, analyses, etc., and I think Aguilar could have gone into a bit more depth with her own thoughts about what she experienced. I also think that a bit more depth of this nature would help the book be more of a "scholarly" book - the type that can be read in high school and/or college classroom poli sci classes. I am being kind of picky about this, though, because truly there is a lot to take away from this book and it is such a worthwhile read. I encourage everyone to pick it up and share with family and friends (especially those who disagree with you!).
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!
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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