• America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (189 ratings)

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By: John Steinbeck
Narrated by: Henry Strozier
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Publisher's Summary

More than three decades after his death, John Steinbeck remains one of the nation's most beloved authors. Yet few know of his career as a journalist who covered world events from the Great Depression to Vietnam. Now, this original collection offers a portrait of the artist as citizen, deeply engaged in the world around him. In addition to the complete text of Steinbeck's last published book, America and Americans, this volume brings together for the first time more than 50 of Steinbeck's finest essays and jouralistic pieces.

©2003 The Estate of John Steinbeck (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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Really good Steinbeck journalism.....no kidding!

The title of this book kept me from reading it for many years even though I love Steinbeck. The title suggested that the book was a vapid piece of bragging about what a wonderful place America is....well, I do not disagree that America is wonderful and great, but I did not want to hear my beloved Steinbeck doing some kind of Readers Digest puff piece on America. Wow! Was I wrong! This book is great Steinbeck writing....nothing short of his usual perceptive and feeling prose. It reminds me a bit of Travels with Charley in that this book is non-fiction and a report on the state of American and Americans during the fifties and sixties mostly, with some World War II stuff added. One or two pieces are among the last of Steinbeck's last writings....the essays on Vietnam deal with his trip to that county during the war in 1967, and Steinbeck died less than two years later. His mature, late-life writing is simply great, as indeed most of his work was from at least 1939 forward. Thank God I took a chance on this book....good Steinbeck prose is as good as any prose ever written, and there is very good stuff here. Finally, much of what he includes here is humorous, very reminiscent of some of Twain's journalism with tongue in cheek, such as his Innocents Abroad or Roughing It. Listen and enjoy! (PS...the narrator is excellent, the sound quality excellent also)

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America read America and Americans

No collection of non-fiction is more important and necessary than America and Americans. This book should be required reading for every high school student. As important as Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, so too is Steinbeck's collection of essays, advice to writers, letters to friends, and war correspondence.

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A valuable tour of Steinbeck's best non-fiction

America and Americans is a still-relevant discussion of some of our culture's most important topics, and some just for fun. All of the skills of the literary master are on display here as he paints a scathing view of 20th Century America while still retaining a hopeful tone and an unrelenting faith in humanity. The Penguin collection of the works does an excellent job of contextualizing the pieces without providing too much interpretation. Henry Strozier's baritone voice lends the weight to the text that it deserves.

Highly recommended for fans of Steinbeck or thought-provoking journalism.

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Uneven

Although I love almost every Steinbeck novel I am not a great fan of most of his essays and journalism. His humorous essays are funny but not that funny, and are derivative of Twain (but not as good). Many of his analytical essays are weak, generally having a strong pre-existing opinion allowing him to ignore the obvious.

His few obituaries are the best items in the book. In an obituary Steinbeck's style can really shine, balancing humor, observations, and emotions.

I was particularly unimpressed by the war essays and America and American's.

The main reason to read this is to gain perspective about Steinbeck the man.

The narration is very good.

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not the greatest but interesting historically

while America and the Americans was terrific, the selected non fiction seemed slapped together in parts and might have benefited from being presented in a chronological fashion.

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Perfect book as usual by the pen of John Steinbeck

Steinbeck's writing has never disappointed me. The ideas and expression of American life style is as if it is coming from one's own mind. Narration is also of high quality.

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History repeats itself

A must read for all Americans! The true history how we got here and were we’re going as the citizens of this great nation. It is sad to see it crumbling

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An American genius

Before this the only Steinbeck book I read was Grapes of wrath. I’m so glad I read this book and found out so much more about John Steinbeck‘s life. I enjoyed hearing The insight of his life growing up in Salinas and then listening to his articles and news reports around the world. There is so much to his life that I didn’t know before and I’m glad I picked this book up and read it. Well worth your time in my opinion.

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Interesting perspectives

Very interesting perspectives from John Steinbeck in many situations - on America, people, and the world. Enjoyable. Only fault, it's occasionally repetitive in the content selected. Perfect narrator voice for this; sounded like I would immagine Steinbeck's voice to be.

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Steinbeck Defines American Civilization

This could very well be the most insightful book I ever read that interprets the “American Civilization” to American history. Steinbeck wrote with such clarity of observation, conviction, honest sense of patriotism and- above all- universal humanity. I have already recommended it to many friends, most of them immigrants like myself who stand to benefit the most in better understanding of this our adopted country. I also have successfully persuaded a few other native Americans to read it. This book should be a must-read for all high schoolers- not only here in America but throughout the World.