Inside U.S.A (英語) ペーパーバック – 1997/4/1
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A veteran journalist explores the United States at the end of World War II, gathering facts, recording his impressions, and foretelling with surprising accuracy problems that would plague the country for the remainder of the twentieth century
As for the deal - for the price it is almost free! That's not a book you will read for illustrations, so it's condition is appropriate while it's readable and don't fall into pieces :)
Previous owner's remarks (I guess they came from long way off 60-s) adds even more to reading experience! :)
But I can touch a match to a lamp that will illumine that all important era any time by opening and reading from this book. John Gunther writes with a prose style filled with some kind of inner courage that is rare in today's reportage. He goes for the throat and he finds it--traveling all forty eight states in the USA of 1947. Issues come up again and again, Home rule for DC, Interstate rail tariff, Lend Lease, racism, land reform, interstate highways, social security.
The USA that John Gunther describes is no more, but in many, possibly even most cases it is the seed and reason of the world we inhabit today. This is one of those books you read and reread and sit to wonder about the giants that built America. The Henry Kaisers and David Sarnoff, the Fiorello La Guardia and the Wendell Wilke, the shop steward and the NYC cab driver all have a place in his amalgam, and it all makes halcyon sense.
John Gunther does not fix the USA in amber like a dead insect, he opens a window into another era---once the reader has traveled in the other America found there, he will always find this one changed.
Pray for peace
Fight for freedom
Merry Christmas, 2007