Denison, Iowa: Searching for the Soul of America Through the Secrets of a Midwest Town


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Free Press
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5.98 X 9.02 X 0.77 inches | 0.82 pounds

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About the Author

Dale Maharidge is a journalist and Pulitzer Prize- winning author of And Their Children After Them, Journey to Nowhere, The Last Great American Hobo, and Homeland. A visiting professor of journalism at Columbia University, he lives in Northern California and New York City.

Michael Z. Williamson is retired from the US military, having served twenty-five years in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Desert Fox. Williamson is a state-ranked competitive shooter in combat rifle and combat pistol. He has consulted on military matters, weapons and disaster preparedness for Discovery Channel and Outdoor Channel productions and is Editor-at-Large for Survivalblog, with 300,000 weekly readers. In addition, Williamson tests and reviews firearms and gear for manufacturers. Williamson's books set in his Freehold Universe include Freehold, Better to Beg Forgiveness, and Do Unto Others. He is also the author of The Hero-written in collaboration with New York Times best-selling author John Ringo. Williamson was born in England, raised in Liverpool and Toronto, Canada, and now resides in Indianapolis with his wife and two children.


"Denison, Iowa is a work of prophetic journalism -- Sherwood Anderson channeling Garcia Marquez in Jack London's voice. Maharidge has captured an epic story of profound cultural change in one midwestern town, rooted in the nation's indigenous past, coming of age in the Pax Americana of Donna Reed, transforming itself once again today as Latinos find a new home -- en el mero centro de America. What emerges is a moving, cautionary tale for American times to come."

-- John Phillip Santos, author of Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation, National Book Award Finalist
"If you want to find out what much of small-town rural America is all about, read this book. Dale Maharidge lifts the lid to a simmering stew of racism, greed, isolation, gossip, and -- yes -- true American spirit. Maharidge nails it all in Denison, Iowa."
-- Stephen G. Bloom, author of Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America