Back Home: A Foreign Correspondent Rediscovers America

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A long-time Associated Press foreign correspondent looks at America twenty years after he left it

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Though absent from the U.S. for over 20 years as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press and editor of the International Herald Tribune , Rosenblum ( Coups and Earthquakes ) here draws a detailed and incisive portrait of his native land. Traveling through most of the contiguous 48 states in 1986-87, he found much to admire but also much to distress him, notably the indifference of Americans to the world outside U.S. borders. Racism in the South did not surprise this modern-day de Tocqueville, but the Midwestern variety--equally virulent, he attests--came as a bitter disappointment. The narrative also contains lighter moments, handled deftly, as in Rosenblum's account of struggling to change lanes on a Los Angeles freeway ("One after the other, drivers refused to pause. Some smirked; others tossed their heads arrogantly"). Despite his evident affection for aspects of the country ("You've got to be pretty weird not to love Kansas City"), the underlying dark note in Rosenblum's narrative is prominent albeit illuminating. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

A native of Tucson, Arizona, Rosenblum spent 20 years abroad as an Associated Press correspondent covering events in over 100 countries. His recent return home prompted this book, intended to "report on my country as if it were Burundi." He begins, naturally enough, with New York City, then moves on to Atlantic City, New England, Appalachia, the South (new and old), Texas, home to Arizona (after which he "made a mental note to reread Thomas Wolfe"), on to California, and eventually back East, ending up in the nation's capital. Like John Gunther's Inside U.S.A. a generation ago, Back Home offers a readable personal perspective on this country and where it might be headed. For popular nonfiction collections.
- Kenneth F. Kister, Poynter Inst. for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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