A Heart, a Cross, and a Flag: America Today

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 2, 2004 - History - 288 pages
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On the morning of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan sat down to write -- and produced at least one essay every week through September 11, 2002. The candid and sometimes heart-wrenching pieces collected here are full of insights and observations on how the events influenced our perceptions of what it means to be a New Yorker, an American, a patriot. By training our gaze on everyone from firemen, the President, and Catholic and Muslim mourners to news anchors, bus drivers, and school kids, these essays depict America in all its beauty, diversity, and strength. With a sharp but compassionate eye, Noonan balances the immediacy of the tragedy with its broader meaning for our world.
At once outraged and tender, street smart and down-home wise, A Heart, a Cross, and a Flag is a first draft of history and an apt tribute to everything we lost and learned.
 

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Read this in honor of the Sept 11 anniversary. Glad I did. Peggy Noonan is such a brilliant essayist. My favorite by far was From September 11 to Eternity. This book chronicles her writings that she ... Read full review

Contents

God Is Back
16
FRIDAY OCTOBER 12 2001
31
via CONTENTS
46
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9 2001
61
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23 2001
70
FRIDAY DECEMBER 7 2001
84
FRIDAY DECEMBER 14 2001
94
FRIDAY JANUARY 4 2002
106
FRIDAY MARCH 15 2002
154
Bush Makes the Right Move
168
Will Clinton Talk?
184
The Crying Room
188
FRIDAY MAY 24 2002
201
FRIDAY JUNE 14 2002
217
The Lights That Didnt Fail
230
John Paul the Great
247

Plainspoken Eloquence
117
Why We Talk About Reagan
121
Break Out the Bubbly
135
The Fighter vs the Lover
253
Time to Put the Emotions Aside
266
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Peggy Noonan is a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal and a columnist for the Journal's online editorial page.

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