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Our Towns is the story of the five-year journey across America by small plane. James and Deborah Fallows visited dozens of towns and met with hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, environmentalists, artists, public servants, librarians, business people, city planners, students, and entrepreneurs. They describe a complex and contradictory America, but also one with the energy, generosity, compassion, dreams, and determination of many who are making things better.
James Fallows has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for more than thirty-five years, reporting from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe and across the United States. He is the author of 12 books, including the latest, co-authored with Deborah Fallows, Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America. He has won the National Book Award, the National Magazine Award, and a documentary Emmy. He has also done extensive commentary on National Public Radio. James Fallows studied American History at Harvard and economics at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and was President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter for two years.
Deborah Fallows is a writer and a linguist. She has written for The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, and The Washington Monthly. She is the author of three books, including Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin lessons in Life, Love, and Language and the latest, co-authored with James Fallows, Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America.
Deborah Fallows is a graduate of Harvard with a Ph.D. in theoretical linguistics. She worked previously at the Pew Research Center, Oxygen Media, and Georgetown University.
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