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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.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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One of America's most respected writers takes an epic journey across America, Airstream in tow, and asks everyday Americans what unites and divides a country as endlessly diverse as it is large. 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
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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: the author and his wife, Leslie, at the southernmost point in Key West, Florida --
In the heart of the heartland: at the geographic center of the United States --
Ocian in view: Fred and Ethel --
Northern lights: at the Arctic Ocean.
Responsibility: Philip Caputo.

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One of America's most respected writers takes an epic journey across America, Airstream in tow, and asks everyday Americans what unites and divides a country as endlessly diverse as it is large. 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.--Publisher's description.

Traces the author's 2011 road trip from the southernmost to the northernmost points of the United States to experience firsthand the country's diversity and political tensions in the face of a historic economic recession.

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