States of Mind: A Search for Faith, Hope, Inspiration, Harmony, Unity, Friendship, Love, Pride, Wisdom, Honor, Comfort, Joy, Bliss, Freedom, Justice, Glory, Triumph, and Truth Or Consequences in America

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J.F. Blair, 1999 - History - 402 pages
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Brad Herzog, a cynical member of so-called "Generation X", wanted to find out if that cynicism was justified. So he and his wife, Amy, emptied their bank accounts, packed everything into a Winnebago, and set a course for a fabled America they weren't sure still existed.

What began as a literal search for the small places on the map became a figurative examination of the small places of the heart, a quest for virtues lost amid negativity and disillusionment. From Triumph, Louisiana, a community twice ravaged by hurricanes, to Justice, West Virginia, where one-half the population descends from the Hatfields and the McCoys; from Harmony, California, a town that can be yours for the right price, to Faith, South Dakota, overrun by a hailstorm and a grasshopper plague, States of Mind brings into focus an American psyche blurred by intersecting cultures. A journey all its own, it also conjures the humor of Travels with Charley, the yearning of On the Road, and the eloquence of Blue Highways.

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It's interesting but at the same time boring. Basically the book talks about how Brad and Amy travel to these towns in states and want to find the history of why these towns were named. For example Inspiration, Arizona. They wanted to know why it was named Inspiration. What was the history behind it. 

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About the author (1999)

Brad Herzog, a graduate of Cornell University, is a former newspaper reporter & a frequent contributor to various national magazines. A three-time gold medal winner from the Council for the Advancement & Support of Education, he is the author of "The Sports 100" & a dozen children's books.

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