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American Dreams: Lost & Found

Terkel, Studs

Published by Pantheon, New York, 1980
ISBN 10: 0394507932 / ISBN 13: 9780394507934
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Title: American Dreams: Lost & Found

Publisher: Pantheon, New York

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Signed & Inscribed By Author 0394507932 Studs Terkel. AMERICAN DREAMS: LOST AND FOUND. New York: Pantheon Books, (1980). FIRST EDITION (stated) SIGNED. Hardcover. Book near fine but for lightly foxing to top edge of text block, dust jacket price intact, lightly worn and soiled, small stain to rear panel. SIGNED & INSCRIBED by Terkel on front free endpaper. 470 pages. 9.5 x 6 inches. ISBN#. Bookseller Inventory # 003683

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Synopsis: "Here is the raw material for one thousand novels?.incomparable."?Margaret Atwood

In this unique look at one of our most pervasive national myths, Studs Terkel persuades an extraordinary range of Americans to articulate their version of "The American Dream." Beginning with an embittered winner of the Miss U.S.A. contest who sees the con behind the dream of success and including an early interview with a highly ambitious Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terkel explores the diverse landscape of the promise of the United States?from farm kids dreaming of the city to city kids determined to get out, from the Boston Brahmin to the KKK member, from newly arrived immigrants to families who have lived in this country for generations, these narratives include figures both famous and infamous. Filtered through the lens of our leading oral historian, the chorus of voices in American Dreams highlights the hopes and struggles of coming to and living in the United States.

Originally published in 1980, this is a classic work of oral history that provides an extraordinary and moving picture of everyday American lives.

Product Description: Back in print, the book the New York Times Book Review called the Pulitzer Prize winner's best. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ted Turner, Jesse Helms, Joan Crawford, Vine Deloria, Helen and Scott Nearing. These are just some of the people Studs Terkel has persuaded to tell their version of The American Dream. In this group portrait of hopes, we see that American reality defies our stereotyped expectations. Starting with an embittered winner of the Miss U.S.A. contest who sees the con behind the dream of success, the Pulitzer Prize-winning interviewer discusses ideals and aspirations with the businessman enamoured of success, the farm kids dreaming of the city, the city boys determined to get out, the Boston Brahmin, and the KKK member. We see both the simple dreams -- owning a piece of land or running a small-town paper -- as well as the grand aspirations -- building a fourth television network, or becoming the best body builder in the world.

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