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- DescriptionLand of Dreams - A Reporter's Journey from Sweden to America is a personal and political retrospective on my many years in the United States, from my arrival in Los Angeles in June 1960 to today's Washington, DC, with the country's first African-American president, Barack Obama, in the White House. This personal portrait of America draws from meetings, interviews, books, and much travel, both for work and pleasure, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, and back again. It's the result of a boyhood dream about America growing up in Stockholm, Sweden in the 1950s that was impossible to resist and that became reality when I arrived as a young immigrant and student in California. I came to Los Angeles the summer when John F. Kennedy became the presidential minee at the Democratic Convention in that city. Those years in the first half of the 1960s, dominated by the civil rights movement and the escalation of the Vietnam War, resulted in my political awakening. Little did I kw at the time what was to follow during the subsequent decades, but my dream of America has mirrored these years. America is still exciting, full of hope. It constantly surprises and impresses with its openness, optimism, idealism, and energy. But there is also much that is difficult to understand and difficult to accept about America. Many n-Americans think they kw America and that it's like Sweden and Europe. America is more difficult to kw and understand than many believe. It is so big and there are many Americas. Which America? Today, the country is characterized by political polarization and paralysis and by growing ecomic inequality. The old belief in consensus and compromise has all but vanished. Where is America heading? Still, the American Dream is ever present, and we who have come here from other nations share that dream.
- Author BiographyKlas Bergman, born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, has spent most of his adult life abroad, primarily in the United States. He is a graduate of Stanford University where he also spent a year as a Professional Journalism Fellow. A veteran journalist, Bergman has reported from many parts of the world, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Central America, Canada, and the United States, primarily for the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter and the Christian Science Monitor. His first book, Tredje bordet fran hoger, came out in Sweden in 1981 after his years as a foreign correspondent in Eastern Europe. Klas Bergman lives in the Washington, DC area where he works as a freelance writer and blogs at Random notes on America via http: //klasbergman.com. He is now at work on a new book.
- Author(s)Klas Bergman
- Date of Publication29/10/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectRegional History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight390 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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