I wrote “This Land That I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems.” Getting at the history of “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land,” and their remarkable writers, required an investigation into the history of national anthems, especially America’s, and the history of nationalism, as well as folk, pop, and the whole sh-bang.

PublicAffairs published the book in November 2013. I had a lot of fun. I’m slowly working on a new book, on James Weldon Johnson and his circles.P1020090

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