Dixie: A Personal Odyssey Through Events That Shaped the Modern South (Paperback)

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In this riveting political and social history of the American South during the second half of the twentieth century, acclaimed journalist Curtis Wilkie tells the story of a region and a man -- himself -- intimately transformed by racial and political upheavals. In 1969, in the wake of the violence surrounding the civil rights movement, Wilkie left the South and vowed never to live there again. But after traveling the world as a reporter, he returned in 1993, drawn by a deep-rooted affinity with the territory of his youth. Here, he endeavors to make sense of the enormous changes that have convulsed the South for more than four decades. Through vivid recollections of landmark events, Dixie becomes both a striking eyewitness account of history and an unconventional tale of redemption full of beauty, humor, and pathos.

About the Author

Curtis Wilkie was a national reporter and correspondent for The Boston Globe. He teaches journalism at University of Mississippi. He is the author of The Fall of the House of Zeus, which The Wall Street Journal wrote “reads like a John Grisham novel.” Tom Brokaw described Wilkie as “one of the best journalists of our generation.”

Praise For…

Michael A. Ross The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) Limber prose, self-deprecating wit, and firsthand knowledge of southern politics and society make Dixie a gratifying book.

Jonathan Yardley The Washington Post Wilkie's tale ends on a grace note: not merely reconciliation with his native South but a grateful return to it.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780684872865
ISBN-10: 0684872862
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: October 10th, 2002
Pages: 352
Language: English