Coast to Coast

Coast to CoastHere at the dawn of the publication of Jan Morris' final book, is her very first. Fresh from her successful scoop reporting on the first Everest ascent in 1953, she spent a year journeying by car, train, ship, and aircraft across the United States. "I did not know it then, and nor did America, but chance had brought me across the Atlantic at the very apex of American happiness," says Morris, in her new Introduction. In her brilliant prose, Morris records with exuberance and curiosity a time of innocence in the U.S.--when television was in its infancy, the Big Mac had not yet been invented, adn the popular song of the day was "Chatanooga Choo-Choo."