An American Dreamer: Life in a Divided Country

David Finkel

An American Dreamer: Life in a Divided Country
Scribe Publications
27 February 2024

An American Dreamer: Life in a Divided Country

David Finkel

A man navigates the deep divisions in America today and discovers that sometimes change can start by finding common ground with your neighbours, in this immersive account by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Thank You for Your Service and The Good Soldiers.

As this powerful book begins, Brent Cummings finds himself coping with the feeling that the country he loves is fracturing in front of his eyes. An Iraq war veteran, raised to believe in a vision of America that values fairness, honesty, and respect, Cummings is increasingly surprised by the behaviour and beliefs of others, and engulfed by the fear, anger, and confusion that are sweeping through his beloved country as he tries to hold on to his values and his hope for America's future.

David Finkel, known for his unique, in-depth reporting, spent fourteen years inside Brent Cummings's world to create this intimate and vivid portrait of a man's life - his work, family, community, and thoughts - and his quest for connection as America becomes ever more divided. Cummings was one of the unforgettable figures in Finkel's The Good Soldiers, a book about which The New York Times stated, 'Finkel has made art out of a defining moment in history. You will be able to take this book down from the shelf years from now, and say- This is what happened. This is what it felt like.

An American Dreamer illuminates, with profound empathy, the feelings and lives of many people in America today. It is a brilliant chronicle of one person's everyday experiences of frustration, confusion, and hope.

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