Studs Terkel Reader: My American Century

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Studs Terkel Reader: My American Century

Format:  Paperback,

532 pages

Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

Publish Date: May 2007

ISBN-13: 9781595581778

ISBN-10: 1595581774

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"A summing up of the best of Terkel."--Herbert Mitgang, "Doubletake"
"The Studs Terkel Reader," originally published under the title "My American Century," collects the best interviews from eight of Terkel's classic oral histories together with his magnificent introductions to each work. Featuring selections from "American Dreams, Coming of Age, Division Street, "The Good War," The Great Divide, Hard Times, Race," and "Working," this "greatest hits" volume is a treasury of Terkel's most memorable subjects that will delight his many lifelong fans and provide a perfect introduction for those who have not yet experienced the joy of reading Studs Terkel. It includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Coles surveying Terkel's overall body of work and a new foreword by Calvin Trillin.


Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Publish Date: May 2007
ISBN-13: 9781595581778
ISBN-10: 1595581774
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 532
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.12
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.5
Walmart No.: 1595581774

About the author

Biography of Terkel, Studs

Studs Terkel was an actor, writer, and radio host. He was born Louis Terkel on May 16, 1912 in New York City. He took his name from the James T. Farrell novel, Studs Lonigan. Terkel attended the University of Chicago and graduated with a law degree in 1934. Terkel acted in local stage productions and on radio dramas until he began one of the first television programs, an unscripted show called Studs Place in the early 1950's. In 1952, Terkel began Studs Terkel's Almanac on radio station WFMT in Chicago.

Terkel compiled a series of books based on oral histories that defined America in the 20th Century. Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do received a National Book Award nomination in 1975. The Good War: An Oral History of World War II won the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction in 1985. Working was turned into a hit musical in 1978. Terkel was named the Communicator of the Year by the University of Chicago in 1969. He also won a Peabody Award for excellence in journalism in 1980 and the National Book Foundation Medal for contributions to American letters in 1997. He died on October 31, 2008 at the age of 96.

Chapter outline

The Dream
American Dreams: Lost and Found (1980)
Vine Deloria, Native American author and teacher
Andy Johnson, hardscrabble Finnish immigrant
Wallace Rasmussen, Horatio Alger Award winner
Vernon Jarrett, African-American newspaperman
C. P. Ellis, former Klansman
Leonel I. Castillo, former director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression (1970)
Introduction: A Personal Memoir (and Parenthetical Comment)
Ed Paulsen, freight-train rider
Arthur A. Robertson, mogul
Clifford Burke, hustler
Doc Graham, gangster
Oscar Heline, farmer
Jane Yoder, daughter of a WPA worker
Tom Yoder, Jane's son
Jerome Zerbe, society's photographer
Peggy Tevry and her mother, Mary Owsley, mountain people
We Still See Their Faces: Introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of The Grapes of Wrath
The Good War": An Oral History of World War II (1984)
Bob Rasmus, rifleman
Peggy Terry, "hillbilly
E. B. (Sledgehammer) Sledge, Marine
Peter Ota, Nisei
Betty Basye Hutchinson, nurse
The City
Division Street: America (1967)
Florence Scala, neighborhood crusader
Dennis Hart, cabbie
Lucy Jefferson, migrant from Mississippi
Kid Pharaoh, con man
Tom Kearney, cop
Chester Kolar, next-door neighbor
George Malley (a.k.a. Henry Lorenz), blue-collar worker
Eva Barnes, landlady
Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1972)
Mike Lefevre, steelworker
Dolores Dante, waitress
Roberto Acuna, farm worker
Eric Nesterenko, pro hockey player
Phil Stallings, auto worker
Tom Patrick, fireman
The Divide
The Great Divide: Second Thoughts on the American Dream (1988)
Caroll Nearmyer, family farmer
Rex Winship, trader
Sam Talbert, teamster
Larry Heinemann, Vietnam War veteran
Jean Gump, suburban grandmother
Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession (1992)
Joseph Lattimore, African-American
Diane Romano, white mother of six
Lloyd King, mixed race
Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century By Those Who Have Lived It (1995)
Bessie Doenges, writer
Jack Culberg, CEO
Genora Johnson Dollinger, remembering the 1937 sit-down strike
Jacob Lawrence, artist
David Brewer, environmentalist

Book description

A beautiful paperback edition of Terkel's greatest hits. For this volume, Studs himself selected the best interviews from eight of his classic books: American Dreams, Coming of Age, Division Street, The Good War, The Great Divide, Hard Times, Race and Working - together with his original introductions to each book. Published in the year of teh great man's 95th birthday, it's a keeper from the United States' foremost oral historian and the bestselling author of 12 legendary books of oral history.

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