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America Reborn: A twentieth Century Narrative in Twenty-six Lives by Martin Walker A marvelous book by a talented, knowledgeable journalist. With a critical eye, he writes about twenty-six Americans-their lives and the times in which they lived. Walker presents the US at its very best.

America Reborn: A twentieth Century Narrative in Twenty-six Lives by Martin Walker A marvelous book by a talented, knowledgeable journalist.

Here is the story of America in the twentieth century as told through the lives of twenty-six of its . Walker is the author of six books, including The President We Deserve and The Cold War: A History.

Here is the story of America in the twentieth century as told through the lives of twenty-six of its most remarkable and historically crucial men and women. Martin Walker served as bureau chief for Britain's The Guardian in Washington, . He is married, has two daughters, and lives in Europe.

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America Reborn : A Twentieth-Century Narrative in Twenty-Six Lives. In America Reborn, journalist and historian Martin Walker defines twentieth-century America through the portraits of twenty-six American individuals whose accomplishments, innovations and ideals propelled the United States to a position of global dominance.

In America Reborn, journalist and historian Martin Walker defines twentieth-century America through the portraits of twenty-six American . A Twentieth-Century Narrative in Twenty-six Lives.

In America Reborn, journalist and historian Martin Walker defines twentieth-century America through the portraits of twenty-six American individuals whose.

A Twentieth-Century Narrative. Martin Walker is in the tradition of literate Britons who didn't stop thinking about history when they took up daily journalism. A former bureau chief for The Guardian in Washington, he has written books on the cold war, Bill Clinton and other subjects.

Martin Walker became a published author with the non-fiction book The Waking Giant: Soviet Union . Clinton: The President They Deserve. America Reborn: A Twentieth-Century Narrative in Twenty-six Lives.

Martin Walker became a published author with the non-fiction book The Waking Giant: Soviet Union Under Gorbachev, which was published in 1986. His first novel was the 2002 standalone novel The Caves of Perigord. Six years later, he would start his first series of novels with the novel Bruno, Chief of Police. Bruno, Chief of Police, Death in the Dordogne.

In America Reborn, journalist and historian Martin Walker defines twentieth-century America through the portraits of twenty-six .

In America Reborn, journalist and historian Martin Walker defines twentieth-century America through the portraits of twenty-six American individuals whose accomplishments, innovations and ideals propelled the United States to a position of global dominance. Home Walker, Martin America Reborn; A Twentieth-Century Narrative in Twenty-six Lives.

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In America Reborn, journalist and historian Martin Walker defines twentieth-century America through the portraits of twenty-six American individuals whose accomplishments, innovations and ideals propelled the United States to a position of global dominance.Here are the thoughts and beliefs of politicians and performers, thinkers and doers, capitalists and revolutionaries, immigrants and the native born. From Teddy Roosevelt's imperial ambitions to Bill Clinton's global vision; Emma Goldman’s radical ideals to William F. Buckley's profound conservatism; Albert Einstein's elegant theories to Katharine Hepburn's elegant delivery-the biographical essays that make up this narrative show us the variety of American archetypes and offer a vision of how strong individualism has always been the bedrock of (helped make up) the American character.

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Fonceiah
Anyone who's read Martin Walker's mystery series about Bruno will be familiar with his engaging writing style. His book on the Cold War is an excellent introduction to the subject, and this latest book gives a good insight into the world's only remaining super-power through the lives of some of its greatest leaders.
MARK BEN FORD
I recommend this book to everyone. Item arrived on time and very well packaged. Try Martin Walker's fiction books about a policeman in France. Fun reading on village life, relationships, food and wine.
Flash_back
I've read all of his fiction, so have started reading some of his non-fiction. This is a "dip-in, dip-out" kind of book, and I'm enjoying it - Walker is a writer and displays his knowledge with ease.
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America Reborn: A twentieth Century Narrative in Twenty-six Lives by Martin Walker
A marvelous book by a talented, knowledgeable journalist. With a critical eye, he writes about twenty-six Americans--their lives and the times in which they lived. Walker presents the US at its very best.
Ytli
This is one of the most enjoyable as well as one of the most informative books I have read in recent years. Walker's purpose is to "describe and explain the American century through the lives and careers of a handful of individual Americans." He discusses 26, each whom he views as representative of a specific component within the evolution of American civilization. For example, Teddy Roosevelt (Ambition), Emma Goldman (Dissidence), Woodrow Wilson (Idealism), William Boeing (Air Transportation), Lucky Luciano (Crime), Katherine Hepburn (Stardom), and Alan Greenspan (Banking).
One of my favorites of the 22 essays is that which discusses Walt Disney (representative of American Entertainment). Walker first quotes Joseph Nye: "Soft power occurs when one country gets other countries to want what it wants, in contrast with the `hard' or coercive power of ordering others to do what it wants." In response, he suggests that "the essence of America's new global hegemony was that the United States was not only the unique military superpower but also the dominant soft superpower, which [because of Disney's films] invented the world's dreams and defined its aspirations....The Disney Corporation has become the heartland of soft culture's colonial realm. It is unmatched in pillaging there cultures of others to repackage them in Disney's universal vocabulary....[Disney] aimed for what he once described as `that deathless, ageless, absolutely primitive remnant of something in every world-wracked human being which makes us play with children's toys and laugh without self-consciousness at silly things....You know, the Mickey in us'." These brief excerpts correctly indicate Walker's highly subjective and yet circumspect perspective on 22 quite unique Americans. I have already mentioned eight. The others are "Black Jack" Pershing, Henry Ford, Babe Ruth, Duke Ellington, Winston Churchill, Frank Lloyd Wright, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Walter Reuther, John Steinbeck, Albert Einstein, George Marshall, William F. Buckley, Jr., Richard Bissell, Billy Graham, Richard Nixon, Martin Luther King, Jr., Betty Friedan, and Bill Clinton. If your desire is to understand America in the 20th century, I cannot think of another combination of lives and careers which will contribute more to that understanding than do those whom Walker discusses with eloquence and insight in this remarkable volume.
Admittedly, ever since Alexis de Tocqueville wrote "Democracy in America" the bar has been set high for those wishing to dissect and explain the American psyche. Though not aspiring to do any such thing, journalist Martin Walker has come very close to it by encapsulating the essential and enduring features that define the American character.
"I suspect that this book began unconsciously as a love letter to America from a foreigner who sees it both as a second home and as an inspiration." Thus Mr. Walker begins "America Reborn," and what follows is a chronicle of the twentieth century as marked by the lasting footprints of twenty-six larger-than-life Americans.
Beginning with Theodore Roosevelt's ambition and ending with Bill Clinton's new America, "America Reborn" is a sweeping narrative that couples people with their impacts on American life-Roosevelt with ambition, Woodrow Wilson with idealism, William Pershing with the army, and so on. But Mr. Walker knows that there is more to America than politics: his book includes such diverse personalities as Babe Ruth, Duke Ellington, John Steinbeck, Walt Disney, Lucky Luciano, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Katherine Hepburn.
In the end, the book does feel like a "love letter to America." But it is not the kind of love which would blind the author; perhaps, it resembles that of Emma Goldman, one of Mr. Walker's heroes: "the kind of patriotism we represent is the kind which loves America with open eyes. Our relation to America is the same as the relation of a man who loves a woman, who is enchanted by her beauty and yet who cannot be blind to her defects." It this simultaneous love and concern which makes the book both candid and remarkably enjoying.
America Reborn: A Twentieth-Century Narrative in Twenty-six Lives download epub
Americas
Author: Martin Walker
ISBN: 0375703640
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage (July 10, 2001)
Pages: 416 pages