For more than fifteen years, bestselling author and historian Hampton Sides has traveled widely across the continent exploring the America that lurks just behind the scrim of our mainstream culture.
In these two dozen pieces, collected here for the first time, Sides gives us a fresh, alluring, and at times startling America brimming with fascinating subcultures and bizarre characters who could live nowhere else. Following Sides, we crash the redwood retreat of an apparent cabal of fabulously powerful military-industrialists, drop in on the Indy 500 of bass fishing, and join a giant techno-rave at the lip of the Grand Canyon. We meet a diverse gallery of American visionaries-from the impossibly perky founder of Tupperware to Indian radical Russell Means to skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. We retrace the route of the historic Bataan Death March with veterans from Sides's acclaimed World War II epic, Ghost Soldiers. Americana gives us a sparkling mosaic of our country today, in all its wild and poignant charm.
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"Narrator Kris Koscheski is the perfect traveling companion for this collection of observations and character sketches by bestselling author and historian Hampton Sides. Koscheski allows a wide-eyed tone into his voice as Sides reports on a techno-rave at the lip of the Grand Canyon and renders sketches of colorful Americans such as Native American radical Russell Means and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. The articles are tied together by Sides's viewpoint and by Koscheski's flawless delivery. It's not necessary to listen to this book from front to back--there's enjoyment in every chapter, no matter the order. Showing this country and its people in a moving and amiable way, AMERICANA is a true pleasure for fans of travelogues and the USA. R.O. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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