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Inside U.S.A

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John Gunther's Inside series were among the most popular books of reportage of the 1930s and 1940s. For Inside U.S.A., Gunther set out from California and traveled the entire country. His frank, lucid observations along the way--on race relations, labor, the Tennessee Valley Authority, farm life, the politics of the big cities, and much else--yield fascinating insight into ...more
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Published April 1st 1997 by New Press, The (first published January 1st 1947)
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Feb 25, 2008 Bap rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a state by state compilation of politics, history, culture, geography, odd ball facts and astute observations. Gunther captured the USA in a point in time. Some of his observations are as true now as they were then. One can get a sense for what is enduring and what is gone with the wind. It is a book that you can dabble in or read all the way through.
Aug 01, 2008 John rated it really liked it
What I liked best about this book is that it offers a snapshot of late 1940s America--it's attitudes and politics. One of my favorite books by this author is Death Be Not Proud.
Aug 29, 2007 Mariel rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who wish they knew more about 1946
Shelves: history-general
Gunther's approach to understanding post war America is to talk to as many politicians and "leaders" in every state. To understand labor and industry in a particular state, he spoke with the union leaders and industrial leaders of that state. He is a journalist by trade, which makes for the fact-heaviness of his profiles of the states, but he is only seeing the states from a white male perspective, which is unsatisfying to the modern reader (or at least to me).

The facts he collects can be fasci
May 26, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it
fascinating read, definitely a biased point of view, from a reporter in the '40's. I am having a great time with this book so far. The facts and statistics alone definitely give some perspective on how life in the U.S. was when my father was born.
Mar 07, 2014 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The North Dakota chapter is a hoot! ND has a wacky and radical political history, and he gets into the nuts and bolts of it. He could have discussed the unique beauty of ND, but instead chose to give that discussion to the SD.
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John Gunther was one of the best known and most admired journalists of his day, and his series of "Inside" books, starting with Inside Europe in 1936, were immensely popular profiles of the major world powers. One critic noted that it was Gunther's special gift to "unite the best qualities of the newspaperman and the historian." It was a gift that readers responded to enthusiastically. The "Inside ...more
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