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read ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ William Zinsser This inspiring guide includes places everyone means to go to some day all described with the usual clarity of the author of On Writing Well The New York TimesA fascinating take on 'the search for memory' and how certain places have come to symbolize deep American principles Kirkus ReviewsJoin William Zinsser as he visits sixteen of our nation's most treasured historic sites unlearning cliched assumptions and rediscovering fundamental truths about America  American Places and the ideals that Zinsser discovers these places represent will never go out of fashion Speaking across the centuries with stone and symbol narrative and myth America's iconic places remind us of our anchoring principles and best intentions 'This is where we started and what we believed and who we hoped to become' these places say At least that's what they said to meNiagara Falls existed only in the attic of my mind where. This is a book beyond superlatives He goes to places we've read about or heard about for all of our lives and at each one he asks why Why do we go here What does it tell us about ourselves About our countryIn a time when the news is all about lies and corruption and the evil men do in the uest for power There is no good and evil there is only power and those too weak to seek it VoldemortIt was a refreshment to read about Mount Vernon the estate of a reluctant leader who preferred to be back at home digging in the earth and planting trees It was a delight to visit Appatomax where Grant send Lee's soldiers home with their horses so they could get their planting done; where the northern soldiers shared their rations with the conuered foes; and gave them a soldier's salute as they came to lay down their weaponsMr Zinsser went to many places from Montgomery Alabama to Niagara Falls to Kitty Hawk And in all of them he found hope for the future We could all use some of that now

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American Places A Writer's Pilgrimage to Sixteen of This Country's Most Visited and Cherished Sites summary ì 8 ☆ This inspiring guide includes places everyone means to go to some day all described with the usual clarity of the author of On Writing Well— The New York Collective memory is stored scraps of songs about honeymooning couples vistas by painters who tried to get the plummeting waters to hold still film clips of Marilyn Monroe running for her life in  Niagara odds and ends of lore about stuntmen who died going over the falls and always somewhere among the scraps a boat called  Maid of the Mist which took touristswhere Behind the falls  Under the falls Death hovered at the edge of the images in my attic or at least danger But I had never thought of going to see the place itself That was for other people Now I wanted to be one of those other people from  American Places American Places paints vivid word pictures that put you in those places and make you feel that you've been there but it also encourages each of us to take our own trek through history Riverside Press EnterpriseZinsser's choices and descriptions are refreshing because of the o. Good idea and solid thematic core and I am sure that when it was published 1992 it was a fun and interesting bookNow it feels dated and tone deaf Obviously not the author’s fault but it is a nagging buzz heard and felt through the entire book

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American Places A Writer's Pilgrimage to Sixteen of This Country's Most Visited and Cherished SitesBvious thought that went into the selections It's also fun to read Zinsser's observations Chicago TribuneWilliam Zinsser is a lifelong journalist and nonfiction writer he began his career on the  New York Herald Tribune in 1946 and is also a teacher best known for his book  On Writing Well a companion held in affection by three generations of writers reporters editors teachers and students His 17 other books range from memoir Writing Places to travel American Places jazz Mitchell Ruff American popular song Easy to Remember baseball Spring Training and the craft of writing Writing to Learn During the 1970s he was at Yale University where he was master of Branford College and taught the influential nonfiction workshop that would start many writers and editors on their careers He has taught at the New School in New York his hometown and at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalis. This was such a great and inspirational book Zinsser does a wonderful job of describing all of these places to you The one that stands out the most was Kitty Hawk I was left breathless and absolutely amazed by the Wright brothers Interestingly enough one of the reasons why I wanted to read this book is because I wanted to hear his views on Disneyland After reading the book however the Disneyland chapter is by far the weakest This is no fault of Zinsser's however The strength of this book is that he interviewed people He talked to employees town people museum docents etc People who had witnessed thousands of people descend upon their towns or tourist sites They had many stories to tell Unfortunately with Disneyland Zinsser was not granted anything No interview nothing Typical Disney When I worked there we were told to say No comment to any journalist What makes me sad was that Zinsser may have been there or been there right before I was hired on in '92 and I would have told him the same thing had he wanted to interview me Disneyland in this book ends up very poorly represented in this book almost as an afterthought Overall the book was brilliant After reading this I want to visit all of these places I already know Disneyland though Ha ha