HomelandBook - 2004
Homeland is Pulitzer Prize winning author Maharidge's biggest and most ambitious book yet, weaving together the disparate and contradictory strands of contemporary American society-common decency alongside race rage, the range of dissenting voices, and the roots of discontent that defy political affiliation. Here are American families who can no longer pay their medical bills, who've lost high-wage-earning jobs to NAFTA. And here are white supremacists who claim common ground with progressives. Maharidge's approach is rigorously historical, creating a tapestry of today as it is lived in America, a self-portrait that is shockingly different from what we're used to seeing and yet which rings of truth.
Baker & Taylor
A insightful portrait of contemporary American society by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist weaves together contradictory threads such as common decency existing alongside race rage and the various dissenting voices in America. 15,000 first printing.
Homeland is Pulitzer Prize–winning author Maharidge’s biggest and most ambitious book yet, weaving together the disparate and contradictory strands of contemporary American society—common decency alongside race rage, the range of dissenting voices, and the roots of discontent that defy political affiliation. Here are American families who can no longer pay their medical bills, who’ve lost high-wage-earning jobs to NAFTA. And here are white supremacists who claim common ground with progressives. Maharidge’s approach is rigorously historical, creating a tapestry of today as it is lived in America, a self-portrait that is shockingly different from what we’re used to seeing and yet which rings of truth.
Dale Maharidge is among the very few American journalists attempting to describe the full range of the American experience. Together with Michael Williamson, who’s produced several other important books about the other America, including their first book together, Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass, based on a three-year journey through homeless encampments from coast to coast, and The Last Great American Hobo. Journey to Nowhere inspired Bruce Springsteen to write two of the songs on his album The Ghost of Tom Joad, including "Youngstown," based on a conversation between Maharidge and two former steelworkers, and "New Timer." And Their Children After Them won the Pulitzer Prize in 1990. Maharidge has been a visiting professor of journalism at Columbia University and Stanford. Maharidge was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1998. He now lives in Northern California.
Michael Williamson is a photographer for the Washington Post with numerous honors including the World Press Photo and Nikon World Understanding Through Photography awards.
In their fourth book, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer/photographer team Maharidge and Williamson present photographs and narrative based on hundreds of interviews conducted throughout the U.S. over a two-year period following the September 11 attacks. They explore ways in which the events of September 11 have amplified deep-seated social tensions in the country, some going back many decades, including the gap between rich and poor, new waves of immigration, and regional insularity. A serious work, yet accessible to the general reader. No subject index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer
A white mob marches on a mosque in Chicago. A priest stands and tells his stunned parishioners that their intolerance must change. In West Virginia, a high school girl writes on her shirt, "When I saw the dead and dying Afghani children on TV, I felt a newly recovered sense of national security." The school board calls it a "treasonous act." The president signs a $350 billion tax cut. The United States launches a "preventative war." Flag sales jump 150 percent. The flying flags cover a wound, but not the one we expect.
From Homeland: "The change could be statistically charted. But Michael and I had been tracking it emotionally.
"For us, the word 'homeland' took on an altogether new meaning after the September 11 attacks. But in reality, the evolution had been underway for three decades as a result of profound changes in the economic and cultural landscape that had left a large number of Americans confused, angry and fearful."
Built on news analysis, interviews with hundreds of citizens, thousands of miles of travel, and a professional collaboration of twenty-five years, Homeland sets a new standard for journalism that would capture this American moment.