Now I'm getting the chance to read books I didn't have time for before. Think of me whenever you see the slogan "So many books, so little time!" Now I've got the time.  Cheers, Fred.

This Land: America, Lost and Found

Book Number: 
796
Date Fred Read: 
March 2019
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Dan Barry
Total Pages: 
388
Publisher: 
Black Dog
Year: 
2018

Dan Barry is a prize-winning journalist. Among his many journalistic honors are a share of a Pulitzer Prize: a George Polk Award; an American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for deadline reporting for coverage of the first anniversary of 9/11; a Mike Berger Award for in-depth human interest reporting; and the PEN/ESPN Literary Award for Sports Writing.

I was given the hardcover edition, but I give here Amazon's website for the Kindle edition since it has all of the 6-pp Introduction plus a bit more:

https://www.amazon.com/This-Land-America-Lost-Found-ebook/dp/B078WZCCL9/...

[None of the ISBN-10, ISBN-13, or ASIN numbers on Amazon’s websites for the three editions (Kindle, hardcover, or paperback) are recognized by Amazon, thus the ‘no image Circle' appears. I think this new change by Amazon is not good. However, you can see the images of this book's covers at the website above.]

The home page has a reasonable review (click on the 'Read more' option). Further down the home page I recommend the review by “Connie (she who hikes with dogs)“ – an Amazon “Top 100 Reviewer. I share her rating of four stars. But I do not agree with her last statement about “many nice photographs throughout the book,” for the word “nice” is inadequate, as usual. For me “nice” simply means vague - neither attractive nor repulsive - thus either somewhere in between, or "nice” tells a reader like me that this sentence has no value, thus should have been omitted.

To see the many essays, use the 'look inside' option and scroll down to the book's 4-pp Contents, divided into eight Parts, with each part usually just one word.. A quick glance reveals that the essays are usually between 2-4 pages long plus a photograph. There are 72 Essays in 383 pages, thus an average length of 5.3 pages for an essay and its photo. Often the stories left me with an unanswered question or two. So I feel a rating of 4 stars is adequate, although I first considered 3 stars, but then I decided that would be inadequate.