This land of ours
By the Editors of
Over 155 Illustrations
All in Full Color
There is a part of American life that everyone
wants to live, few think about, and even fewer
express. In AMERICA, THIS LAND OF OURS, promi-
nent imaginations, famous and unknown master-
pieces portray the hidden beauty, inherent dignity,
and interdependent value of the American land
and its people.
The five sections of this book feature superb
writing by Pulitzer Prize-winning Allan Nevins
and A. B. Guthrie, Jr.; statesman Stewart L.
Udall and Justice William O. Douglas; poet
Robert Frost and novelist William Faulkner;
renowned writer Hal Borland.
Over 155 full-color plates display the dimensions
of greatness that America’s land and its people
have worked together to achieve while also meas-
uring the challenges of living in America. Picture
portfolios of additional full-color plates depict
the achievements of American art and architec-
ture, as well as historical places that have been
preserved for posterity.
Man cannot live on the land and by the land
unless he also lives for the land. The first section,
Geography of Hope, recalls the physical and
spiritual blessings as well as responsibilities that
underlie the abundance nature endowed on
America. Both the mighty and the minute are
reverenced in their pristine beauty, their dignity
and symbolic dimensions apart from utility, their
environmental value to each other and to man.
Another dimension of America’s land and its
people unfolds in the section titled Frontiers of
Freedom. Here the heritage of American values
reaffirms that in any field or ship, any home or
store, any street or court where people strive to
know, pursue, and preserve their individual and
collective rights and destinies, there are the
frontiers of freedom.
Out of the struggles and strength, the wisdom
and courage of a few individuals was born a
better America. Not in Anger, Not in Fear re-
counts the story of Americans, some famous,
others little known, who were not afraid to live
for their country. By giving of their own time,
talents, and possessions to help America grow,
they provide inspiration for their countrymen.
It’s thus a Time of Decision in which the fate of
man and the land depends on an awareness and
preservation of the environment. A time to choose
not only a plan of survival but also a goal
In Search of Excellence in Diversity, befitting
both the dignity and destiny of every creature.
AMERICA, THIS LAND OF OURS is the untold dreams
and silent hopes of a people who know that there
is something difficult about being an American
but there is also much to be proud of. Neither a
history book nor a travel atlas, this handsome
volume is that rarity – a book about the Ameri-
can life that few take the time to think about but
no one would want to miss living.
FRONT COVER: A storm sweeps over the
Grand Canyon. (Photograph: Esther Hender-
son from Rapho-Guillumette)
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