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Anthony Lander Horwitz was born in Washington, D. C. on June 9, 1958. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Brown University and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1983. After working as a union organizer in Mississippi, he became a newspaper näytä lisää reporter. He was an education reporter for The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel in Indiana from 1983 to 1984 and a general assignment reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia from 1985 to 1987. He joined The Wall Street Journal in 1990 as a foreign correspondent in Europe and the Middle East. He and his wife Geraldine Brooks won the Overseas Press Club's Hal Boyle Award in 1990 for their coverage of the Persian Gulf war. He returned to the United States in 1993 and was assigned to The Journal's Pittsburgh bureau. He won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for his accounts of working conditions in low-wage jobs. He later wrote for The New Yorker on the Middle East before becoming an author of nonfiction books. His first book, Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, was published in 1998. His other books included Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before, A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, and Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide. He died on May 27, 2019 at the age of 60. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

(eng) Tony Horwitz was born Anthony Horwitz, not to be confused with British author Anthony Horowitz (sometimes misspelled as Horwitz), the author of Stormbreaker.

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State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America (2008) — Avustaja — 515 kappaletta

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Kanoninen nimi
Horwitz, Tony
Virallinen nimi
Horwitz, Anthony Lander
Washington, D.C., USA
Washington, D.C., USA
cardiac arrest
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA
Waterford, Virginia, USA
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Brown University (BA|History|1981)
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (MA|1983)
Sidwell Friends School
Brooks, Geraldine (1) (wife)
The Wall Street Journal
New Yorker magazine
New York Times
Society of American Historians
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Pulitzer Prize (National Reporting ∙ 1995)
James Aronson Award (1994)
Kris Dahl
Tony Horwitz was born Anthony Horwitz, not to be confused with British author Anthony Horowitz (sometimes misspelled as Horwitz), the author of Stormbreaker.



Fabulous book. I've always wondered about Brown, who seemed like a first class wing nut. And there's no doubt he wasn't entirely mentally stable. But if you want some idea of how he got to Harpers Ferry, this book will help. Horwitz also accurately places him in historical context. Wonderful book!
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roguelike | 35 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 4, 2024 |
Couldn't put this down. Horowitz has an engrossing narrative style and really makes all of his interactions come alive,especially the hardcore reenactors.

I found the Children of the Confederacy horrifying. But I came away with a better understanding of the place the Lost Cause has in southerners' memories.
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roguelike | 76 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 4, 2024 |
Very good NF about how Civil War has not really ended in the South.
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derailer | 76 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 25, 2024 |
If you knew nothing about Americans south of the Mason-Dixon Line and Tony Horwitz’ “Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide” was your introduction to these peoples, you’d probably conclude that southerners revel in their ignorance, relish the most juvenile forms of entertainment, and stuff themselves with the worst food and beverages on the planet.

Was Horwitz really “spying on the South?”

Yup. But for whom was he spying and why?

Ostensibly, the narrative runs along two tracks:

1. Along the first track we are reading the history of Frederick Law Olmsted who as a young man made two lengthy trips to the South for this very purpose. He was writing for then new New York Daily Times about a decade or so before the Civil War tore the country apart. His dispatches were later collected into three books.

2. The second narrative is a satire of the first in which Horwitz follows the earlier journey using mostly modern travel methods to reenact Olmsted’s earlier journey. He later mounts a mule to reenact Olmsted’s journey, a segment in which it goes something like this: Mule 10, Horwitz 0.

The significance of Olmsted’s trek was that the landscapes and flora he found informed or perhaps inspired his later work as America’s first professional landscape architect. He designed New York’s Central Park, Montreal’s Mont Royal, and the capacious Biltmore estate in North Carolina among many others.

Olmsted was a virulent anti-slaver, a “free-soiler” in the parlance of the time. He graphically documented conditions on the plantations. To his credit, Horwitz fills out Olmstead’s observations and the local history after Olmsted went home.

For me the most interesting discussion was the history of freethinking German settlers to Texas. Mexico outlawed slavery before Texans declared their independence. For years land speculators and cotton growers had been flooding into the territory to expand the land under cultivation, as cotton was a tremendously profitable business at the time.

Texans later voted to join the United States as a slave state.

This didn’t sit well with the industrious Germans and Alsatians who legally immigrated to West Texas. But sympathies in the state were largely pro-slavery and though some fought a rearguard action during the Civil War to undermine the Confederate cause, most clammed up and kept their opinions to themselves.

Olmsted not only sympathized with the freethinkers, he promoted their cause once he returned to New York.

Horwitz obviously also sympathizes with the sympathizer and this is where the two stories cross. Because in America today all is not finished between the races. There is the matter of racial profiling. Gerrymandered voting districts. Voter ID cards. Belligerent immigration policy. Pandering to white supremacists. Racially-motivated shooting sprees.

Need I go on?

Horwitz sheds light on and helps correct the score where early Texans stood on the matter of personal freedoms and notes the layers of irony for today’s Texans who go on ad-nauseam about how little they want Washington to interfere with their personal freedoms. Ditto with Louisianans. And West Virginians.

My own readers will roll their eyes as I repeat my observation about how the very people who complain about their personal freedoms being jeopardized with attacks on the Second Amendment right to bear arms vote against anybody who believes women ought to have final say about processes in their own bodies.

Once the Civil War broke out Olmsted took a very active role in prosecuting the war for the Union. He was undoubtedly one of the unsung heroes behind the lines.

And his park designs inspire us to this day, making cities more liveable and encouraging better behaviour among its warring factions.

Tony, thank you for this entertaining look at America today.

… (lisätietoja)
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MylesKesten | 17 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 23, 2024 |



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