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Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey Into the Heartland
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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".Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I came across this book after looking at the KALW Radio website. I found it quite an interesting read. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Richard D Moore
A stimulating, at times frightening, bold expedition into the thought processes or rather the choices of many of the Red State folks. Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by leroy h wiegand
The unknown truth about the heartland. There are some smart people out there. Hope for America!Published on July 18, 2009 by TED L
I had the pleasure of meeting Rose on her journey at the end of a long, hot, Republican laced day in Texas. Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by Gerry A. Larabee
I've just done something that I very rarely do. I read a book from cover to cover in two sittings. I truly enjoyed this book and will share it with friends around the world. Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by Iansftv
Ms. Aguilar's journey into the heartland of Rebublican metropolis is a fascinating revelation of a sharing of values between liberal and conservative minded peoples encumbered by... Read morePublished on October 27, 2008 by Richard Neal
Don't be mislead by the word liberal in the title.
What's in this book are just honest opinions from ordinary citizens like yourself.... Read more