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American Stories: Tales of Hope and Anger
An engrossing account of a country on the edge by one of Australia’s most well-known journalists
In July 2009, Michael Brissenden traded political reporting in Canberra for a job in Washington as US current affairs correspondent for the ABC.
Here is his fascinating chronicle of an America in turmoil. From the desolate coal-mining hollers of West Virginia to Washington’s ghettos and the Mormon communities of Utah, Brissenden travels the country with unprecedented scope to grapple with the issues and to tell the stories of the players, the hopeful true believers, the skeptics, the winners and the losers.
He follows the long and fractious political process that will either deliver Barack Obama a chance to be a truly transformative president or place him alongside one-term leaders like Jimmy Carter, and he watches the Republican Party tear itself apart to find a fitting opponent for Obama. Will America’s first black president meet the enormous expectations of his voters, and the rest of the world?
With wry humour and cutting insight, Brissenden explores this extraordinary moment in US history and shares his tales of people, identity and culture – American stories of hope and anger.
‘Sharply observed and hugely entertaining. Honest, but not without hope, Brissenden gives us an excellent snapshot of contemporary America.’
‘Brissenden has delivered a rich mother lode dissecting a country that invariably surprises.’
‘Brissenden brings class to his work. His enthusiasm for the US assignment enriches the broad canvas he paints as a witness to a nation in plain decay in the early 21st century, with this November's mid-term presidential race as its backdrop.’
‘These snapshots capture with immediacy a powerful and complex nation on the brink of decision.’
Sydney Morning Herald
‘Pick of the Week’
‘Hard to put down. Michael Brissenden makes the best of guides.’
‘The real charm of this book lies in the odd little corners of American life revealed.’
Law Society Journal
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