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On the Road by James Naughtie

On the Road: Adventures from Nixon to Trump

James Naughtie

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Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 2 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781471177415

The acclaimed author and BBC broadcaster on US politics and the American dream, from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.

4 stars out of 5
Allan Massie
5 Apr 2020

"a love-letter to America, but the letter of a lover who is now anxious and concerned about the loved one’s mental and spiritual health"

This is an illuminating and thoroughly enjoyable book. We may be a long way away from Reagan’s blithe “morning in America again,” the shining city on the hill may be tarnished, the welcoming message to the poor of the world inscribed on the Statue of Liberty may look like a sick joke, but America has been through worse times – the Civil War and the Depression of the Thirties that followed hard on the financial crash of 1929 – and survived. It will survive Donald Trump. For all its faults it remains the only polity which in its founding document speaks of people’s entitlement to “the pursuit of happiness.”