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A Heart, a Cross, and a Flag: America Today (Wall Street Journal Book)

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Publisher Comments:

"This is a book about love." So begins Peggy Noonan's enormously moving collection of her post-September 11 Wall Street Journal commentaries. On the morning of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Noonan began writing, and produced at least one essay every week through September 11, 2002. These candid, compassionate and sometimes heart-wrenching pieces are full of insights and observations picked up throughout the country — on experiencing the return of religious faith to a great modern city; on how the events influenced our perceptions of what it means to live in New York, or to be a man, or to take part in a community. Taking her own, her city's and her country's pulse, she administered a welcome dose of humanity, affirmation and inspiration, quickly attracting a large and loyal readership. This first draft of history — a record, written on the ground, of what it felt like to be an American that day, and the days after — balances the immediacy of the tragedy with its broader meaning for our world.

Noonan, the bestselling author of When Character Was King, brings to these articles her unsurpassed powers of description: walking on the streets and riding on the buses of Manhattan in the hours and days following the attack; watching, along with most of the country, the televised reportage, public announcements, expert opinions and tributes; witnessing our "post-incident heartache" and anxiety, as well as the "spirited gaiety of New Yorkers at this time in history." By training our gaze on everyone from firemen, Catholic and Muslim mourners and the President to news anchors, bus drivers and school kids, these essays not only depict America in all its beautiful and diverse strengths but serve as an emblem of such.

At once elegant and tough, elegiac and proud, outraged and tender, full of street smarts and down-home wisdom, this book will help Americans understand their emotional and intellectual responses to those devastating events. For everyone who felt scared, saddened, outraged and humbled but not defeated by the horror of that day, here is a balm and an apt tribute to what we lost and what we learned about ourselves.

Review:

"Noonan's book stands out because it is more than an exercise in right-wing political discourse. It's a testimony: a record of history as it was actually lived by real people. It is a celebration of America, a reminder that life is meant to be embraced." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"There is nothing new in Noonan. Her universe is as uncomplicated as a Saturday morning Western serial from a half-century ago. There are the good guys (all Republicans), the better guys (Ronald Reagan, both George Bushes, Rudy Giuliani), and the best guy (the pope). There are the bad guys (Democrats and liberals), the worse guys (Al Gore and Joe Lieberman), and the worst guy (Bill Clinton)....Alternating spoonfuls of treacle and wormwood." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

A collection of Noonan's moving, spirited, and sometimes heartwrenching Wall Street Journal articles written after September 11

Synopsis:

A powerful, poignant collection of writing about America after September 11 is offered by the bestselling author of "When Character Was King." "This is a book about love, " says Peggy Noonan of this selection of her enormously moving post-September 11 "Wall Street Journal" commentaries.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

1. What I Saw at the Devastation
Thursday, September 13, 2001

2. There Is No Time, There Will Be Time
Tuesday, September 18, 2001

3. God Is Back
Friday, September 28, 2001

4. Courage Under Fire
Friday, October 5, 2001

5. Welcome Back, Duke
Friday, October 12, 2001

6. Profiles Encouraged
Friday, October 19, 2001

7. His Delicious, Mansard-Roofed World
Friday, October 26, 2001

8. We're All Soldiers Now
Friday, November 2, 2001

9. The Phony War
Friday, November 9, 2001

10. The President Within
Friday, November 16, 2001

11. What We Have Learned
Friday, November 23, 2001

12. A Wing and a Prayer
Friday, November 30, 2001

13. From September 11 to Eternity
Friday, December 7, 2001

14. Miracle on Fulton Street
Friday, December 14, 2001

15. Give Them a Medal
Friday, December 21, 2001

16. A Nod from God
Friday, December 28, 2001

17. 2001: A Bush Odyssey
Friday, January 4, 2002

18. "Everybody's Been Shot"
Friday, January 11, 2002

19. Loose Lips, Pink Slips
Friday, January 18, 2002

20. Plainspoken Eloquence
Thursday, January 31, 2002

21. Why We Talk About Reagan
Friday, February 8, 2002

22. The Great Iraq Debate
Friday, February 15, 2002

23. A Message for Rumsfeld
Friday, February 22, 2002

24. Break Out the Bubbly
Friday, March 1, 2002

25. My Brothers and Sisters
Friday, March 8, 2002

26. Quiet, Please, on the Western Front
Friday, March 15, 2002

27. The Pope's First Statement
Friday, March 22, 2002

28. Star-Spangled Evenings
Friday, March 29, 2002

29. Bush Makes the Right Move
Friday, April 5, 2002

30. The Hard Way
Friday, April 12, 2002

31. The Pope Steps In
Friday, April 19, 2002

32. Back to Life
Friday, April 26, 2002

33. Will Clinton Talk?
Friday, May 3, 2002

34. The Crying Room
Friday, May 10, 2002

35. Dubya's New Deal
Friday, May 17, 2002

36. Open Your Eyes
Friday, May 24, 2002

37. Weenies or Moles?
Friday, May 31, 2002

38. The Other Shoe
Friday, June 7, 2002

39. Rudy's Duty
Friday, June 14, 2002

40. Failures of Imagination
Friday, June 21, 2002

41. Capitalism Betrayed
Friday, June 28, 2002

42. The Lights That Didn't Fail
Wednesday, July 3, 2002

43. Privileged to Serve
Friday, July 12, 2002

44. The Nightmare and the Dreams
Friday, July 19, 2002

45. A Time of Lore
Friday, July 26, 2002

46. John Paul the Great
Friday, August 2, 2002

47. The Fighter vs. the Lover
Friday, August 9, 2002

48. The Fall After 9/11
Friday, August 30, 2002

49. A Heart, a Cross, a Flag
Friday, September 6, 2002

50. Time to Put the Emotions Aside
Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743250054
Subtitle:
America Today
Author:
Noonan, Peggy
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
September 11 Terrorist Attacks,
Subject:
War on Terrorism,
Series:
Wall Street Journal Book
Series Volume:
830.
Publication Date:
20030603
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.22x6.38x.98 in. 1.07 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Free Press - English 9780743250054 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Noonan's book stands out because it is more than an exercise in right-wing political discourse. It's a testimony: a record of history as it was actually lived by real people. It is a celebration of America, a reminder that life is meant to be embraced."
"Review" by , "There is nothing new in Noonan. Her universe is as uncomplicated as a Saturday morning Western serial from a half-century ago. There are the good guys (all Republicans), the better guys (Ronald Reagan, both George Bushes, Rudy Giuliani), and the best guy (the pope). There are the bad guys (Democrats and liberals), the worse guys (Al Gore and Joe Lieberman), and the worst guy (Bill Clinton)....Alternating spoonfuls of treacle and wormwood."
"Synopsis" by , A collection of Noonan's moving, spirited, and sometimes heartwrenching Wall Street Journal articles written after September 11
"Synopsis" by , A powerful, poignant collection of writing about America after September 11 is offered by the bestselling author of "When Character Was King." "This is a book about love, " says Peggy Noonan of this selection of her enormously moving post-September 11 "Wall Street Journal" commentaries.
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