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The longest road : overland in search of America from Key West to the Arctic Ocean

Author: Philip Caputo
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Standing on a wind-scoured island off the Alaskan coast, Philip Caputo marveled that its Inupiat Eskimo schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the same flag as the children of Cuban immigrants in Key West, six thousand miles away. And a question began to take shape: How does the United States, peopled by every race on earth, remain united? Caputo resolved that one day he'd drive from the nation's southernmost point to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Philip Caputo; Philip Caputo
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Caputo
ISBN: 9780805094466 0805094466
OCLC Number: 811597627
Notes: Map on lining papers.
Description: 304 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Southern Cross --
In the heart of the Heartland --
Ocian in view --
Northern lights.
Responsibility: Philip Caputo.

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Standing on a wind-scoured island off the Alaskan coast, Philip Caputo marveled that its Inupiat Eskimo schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the same flag as the children of Cuban immigrants in Key West, six thousand miles away. And a question began to take shape: How does the United States, peopled by every race on earth, remain united? Caputo resolved that one day he'd drive from the nation's southernmost point to the northernmost point reachable by road, talking to everyday Americans about their lives and asking how they would answer his question. So it was that in 2011, in an America more divided than in living memory, Caputo, his wife, and their two English setters made their way in a truck and classic trailer (hereafter known as "Fred" and "Ethel") from Key West, Florida, to Deadhorse, Alaska, covering 16,000 miles. He spoke to everyone from a West Virginia couple saving souls to a Native American shaman and taco entrepreneur. What he found is a story that will entertain and inspire readers as much as it informs them about the state of today's United States, the glue that holds us all together, and the conflicts that could cause us to pull apart.

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