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Back Roads and Better Angels by Francis S. Barry
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Jun 04, 2024 | ISBN 9781586423889

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“Enlightening and inspiring.”Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times best-selling biographer

“This book ought to be read by Democrats, Republicans, and independents — and I should know, since I’ve been all three. It’s for all of us who want to put the ‘united’ back in the United States of America.” — Michael R. Bloomberg
“Barry probes the American soul, finding its biases, but also, nurtured by its complicated past, our better angels — with an opportunity to move forward.” — Ken Burns
“For a road trip across the country’s political divisions, there’s no better guide than an Indiana kid, Abe Lincoln — and the songs of America. This book helps us hear both — and those mystic chords we need to recapture — more clearly.” — John Mellencamp
“It is a joy to hit the road with Frank Barry. With erudition, humor and a deep love of country, he offers a fascinating trip into the heart of our history.” — Ted Widmer, author of Lincoln on the Verge
“In the traditions of Blue Highways and Confederates in the Attic, Back Roads and Better Angels — by turns elegiac and hopeful — is required reading in a season when the clouds still have yet to lift from over our democracy.” — Kevin Baker, author of The New York Game

“Inspirational and optimistic.” Rick Wilson, on The Lincoln Project Podcast

“A Terrific ride … and a masterpiece.” Pete Dominick, on Stand up!

“Not just a great summer read but an important one.” Stephanie Ruhle, on The 11th Hour

“A terrific read.” Sam Roberts, on The New York Times Close Up

“Barry is an amiable tour guide, inserting comic interludes and personal commentary to buffer unflinching descriptions of everything from colonization to the Civil War to the pandemic and 2020 election.” — Booklist

“Fans of road trips, blue highways, and backwater Americana will enjoy traveling vicariously with the author.” — Kirkus Reviews

Table Of Contents


1.     Manhattan Preamble
2.     Road As Idea
3.     Lighting Out
4.     Liberty Bells
5.     Hold Together
6.     For Us, The Living
7.     Never Forget
8.     Point Of View
9.    Do Right
10.  Pitchforks & Discourse
11.  The Fifth Voice
12.  Barnburners
13.  Engines Of Hope
14.  Sacred & Profane
15.  Uncle Sam’s Band
16.  God, Country, Notre Dame
17.  Birth & Rebirth
18.  White City Blues
19.  Community Building
20.  Abraham’s Children
21.  Building & Loan
22.  Recognition and Respect
23.  Remaking History
24.  Antiques & Ashcans
25.  Wild West
26.  Frontiers
27.  Dueling Realities
28.  Beer Break
29.  Earth Wind & Fire
30.  Laramie Legends
31.  Outliving Fact
32.  Across the Great Divide
33.  Mormon Trail
34.  Becoming America
35.  Somewhere, Nevada
36.  Reconciling Differences
37.  Crime & Punishment
38.  Ghosts & Ghouls
39.  To Build A Fire
40.  Election Day
41.  National Sins
42.  Where the Hell is God?
43.  Borderlands I
44.  Borderlands II
45.  Holiday Road
46.  Highway 61 Revisited
47.  January 6
48.  Aftermath
49.  Remember the Clotilda
50.  Marching Through Georgia
51.  Amazing Grace
52.  Both Sides Now
53.  Ruination Day
54.  Home

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