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American Greats

Wilson, Robert; Marcus Stanley;(editors) [SIGNED]

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ISBN 10: 1891620487 / ISBN 13: 9781891620485
Published by Public Affairs Press, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed by Editor Signed by Editor Fine copy in good plus dj, copy signed by Editor Dj. has some rubbing, light edgewear. No rips or tears. Signed on the first end page- "to David Farmer, with Warmest Regards. Merry Christmas! Stanly Marcus". Bookseller Inventory # 10005

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Bibliographic Details

Title: American Greats

Publisher: Public Affairs Press

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Good++

Signed: Signed by Editor

Edition: Stated First Edition.

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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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