Journalist James Fallows and linguistics expert Deborah Fallows tell a patchwork story of place. They flew 100,000 miles in the course of four years, crisscrossing the United States to visit 31 cities several times each. Instead of flying over, they flew in to report in compelling detail on those cities’ economic and civic health and their future prospects. After much research, they report that news of middle America’s demise is greatly exaggerated. The two Fallows, husband and wife, find that cities that differ in history, geography and opportunity are akin in aspirations and in many economic development strategies. Like the best travelogues, this work makes you want to visit places you never dreamed of exploring.
About the Authors
A reporter for The Atlantic for more than 35 years, James Fallows has written 11 books. Deborah Fallows, a linguistics expert, has written two books.