Republic of Detours by Scott Borchert, Read by Jonathan Yen
A Well-Crafted Journey Into America’s past
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The talented Jonathan Yen brings warmth, intelligence, and a storytelling style to his narration of Scott Borchert’s fine cultural history of the 1930s Federal Writers Project (FWP) in Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss how this well researched and well narrated audiobook pulls listeners into the 1930s. His folksy voice and well-paced delivery suit this focused appraisal of the people and program designed to give work to broke writers—the work of writing state guides. A well-crafted journey into our past.
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