Books: A World of Diversity in the Unity

THE BOOK OF AMERICA: INSIDE 50 STATES TODAY by Neal R. Peirce and Jerry Hagstrom; Norton; 910 pages; $25

It is no small comment on the present that it now takes two journalists to do what one John Gunther did some 40 years ago in Inside U.S.A. Gunther's book is clearly the model for Neal Peirce and Jerry Hagstrom's Bunyanesque effort to package the long-and shortcomings of each state in one readable volume. Peirce, a syndicated columnist, and Hagstrom, both editors of the Government affairs weekly National Journal, offer a mint of trivia: the country's...

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