It is not often that I read a book and all I can say is, "Wow!" This is such a book. . . . Not only are the photographs striking, Sandler’s surrounding narrative of the events, the photographers, and the history of this time period is mesmerizing. The content of these pages tells the story of a work of love and of art by a group of people from all across America that may never be recreated. I cannot praise this title enough.
—School Library Connection (starred review)
Though the photographs, organized geographically, speak for themselves, Sandler’s choice of framing materials—quotes from the artists and photography critics—affirm the images’ importance as historical documents over what makes the images “good.” It’s a useful resource, collecting images that continue to define certain national visions and mythologies (small towns as “America’s Heartland”; farmers as the country’s “backbone”).