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AMERICAN GREATS

edited by Robert Wilson

11 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 1891620487 / ISBN 13: 9781891620485
Published by PublicAffairs, New York, 1999
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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10 x 12 in. Cloth and paper boards. Lavish photos. Signed by Wilson on title pg. Condition is VERY GOOD+ ; minor wear, covers clean. Binding tight and text unmarked. DJ is VERY GOOD ; edges worn, rubbed overall. Hist. Stax. Bookseller Inventory # 28043

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Bibliographic Details

Title: AMERICAN GREATS

Publisher: PublicAffairs, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition, as stated.

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Synopsis:

Offers in 81 essays illustrated with more than 250 images, a compilation of ideas, people, places and things that they believe help define America's greatness. Offers compelling evidence of the courage and character, invention and resilience, that help define this nation. DLC: U.S.--Civilization Miscellanea.

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American Greats is a big, beautiful book, and the timing of its release is impeccable: if ever there was a book to celebrate the end of the millennium, this is it. How can you not love a book that features essayists like David McCullough writing about the Brooklyn Bridge, John Updike on The New Yorker, Christopher Buckley on the Coca-Cola recipe, Gay Talese on The New York Times, and David Halberstam on West Point? Editors Robert A. Wilson and Stanley Marcus seek to celebrate American spirit and ingenuity in words and pictures--and do it wonderfully. The 80-plus people, events, and items chosen for inclusion may seem quirky, but American Greats doesn't claim to be definitive. The choices they make, though, are inarguable. Here's a sample: C-SPAN, the Corvette, Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, the G.I. bill, the Gettysburg Address, Iditarod dogsled racing, the final episode of M*A*S*H, the Marshall Plan, National Geographic maps, the Oklahoma land rush of 1889, the pony express, the skyscraper, Sesame Street, the Smithsonian Institution, Tabasco sauce, ticker-tape parades, the women's suffrage movement, the Wright Brothers, and Yellowstone National Park. --Linda Killian

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