One Man’s America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation

Book Forum
July 24, 2008 12:00PM
Auditorium/Wintergarden
Featuring the author, George F. Will, with an introduction by Edward H. Crane, President, Cato Institute.
In his provocative and compelling new book, George Will offers a fascinating look at the people, stories, and events that make the American drama so endlessly entertaining and instructive. With Will�s signature intellect and wry wit, One Man�s America chronicles a spectacular, eclectic procession of figures who have shaped our culture – from Playboy founder Hugh Hefner to National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr., from Victorian poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, from cotton picker�turned�country singer Buck Owens to actor-turned-president Ronald Reagan. In addition, Will crisscrosses the country to illuminate what it is that makes America distinctive �- visits that include the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor; the 100th anniversary of Harley-Davidson; Civil War battlefields, and much more. And of course, One Man�s America would not be complete without Will�s insights on baseball -� the icons and the cheats, the hapless and the greats. Finally, in a personal and reflective turn, Will writes movingly of his thirty-five-year-old son Jon, born with Down syndrome, and pays loving and poignant tribute to his mother, who died at the age of ninety-eight after a long struggle with dementia.

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