This America of Ours by Nate Schweber, Read by Fred Sanders
On Bernard and Avis DeVoto
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Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Alan Minskoff discuss Fred Sanders’s narration of the under appreciated history of Bernard and Avis DeVoto. He delivers the story crisply and thoughtfully, and his clear tone and eloquent delivery give This America of Ours authority. Author Schweber unearths the story of the courageous journalist/historian who fought for Western lands and freedom of speech. He adds the companion biographical history of DeVoto’s talented wife Avis, an editor.
Together they fought the land grab of 200 million acres led by NV Senator Leo McCarran, and when Bernard worked to defeat the Echo Park Dam in Colorado, he ran afoul of Senator Joe McCarthy, who attacked him mercilessly. Both DeVotos left an indelible mark on our history.