well known journalist and writer of the foreign bestseller Wordstruck
, Robert MacNeil displays on a lifestyles lived among international locations, and why he eventually made up our minds to name himself an American.
Growing up in Halifax in the course of global warfare II, it looked as if it would Robert MacNeil that not anything of value ever occurred in Canada. From his mother’s obsession with all issues English (even the marmalade) to his personal love for American track like Rhapsody in Blue, Canada appeared too small, too parochial for his objectives. relocating to Britain in his mid-twenties, MacNeil used to be all of sudden uncovered to a rustic with hundreds of thousands of years of historical past, impressive theatre and tradition. however it used to be in the United States that MacNeil ultimately stumbled on his state -- the United States, a land of contrasts and possibilities.
A journalist for NBC and later for PBS at the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, MacNeil used to be a witness to the various present occasions that formed the final century: the erection of the Berlin Wall, Kennedy’s election and assassination, the Cuban Missile quandary, Watergate and at last September eleven, 2001. because the well-respected and trenchant information reporter introduced global concerns to the yank public, he stumbled on that his Canadian values and upbringing allowed him a few invaluable detachment and viewpoint. And while MacNeil back to Nova Scotia after forty years, he discovered his state of beginning a lot replaced -- multiculturalism and variety had triggered Canadian tradition to blossom in his absence.
With allure and heat, but in addition with a piercing eye at the century, MacNeil appears to be like on the meanings of patriotism, nationalism and residential, and explains why he eventually made the choice to turn into an American citizen.
Excerpt from Looking for My Country
I grew up in a state attempting to construct a particular tradition in an atmosphere that regularly threatens extinction, actual from the north, and political/cultural from the south. each one worry, in its personal means, reinforces the opposite. The inhospitality of the northern weather induces Canadians to float southwards and the magnet of yankee fabric prosperity and chance reinforces that urge. but the phobia of being swallowed, ingested by means of the yankee leviathan, makes Canadians turn away, shrinking from the smothering include, to discover a resource of nationwide satisfaction and id in overcoming the traditional human worry of perishing in frozen wastes. Peter Gzowski, the past due, cherished CBC radio host, as soon as ran a competition which produced this encouraged reaction, “As Canadian as attainable less than the circumstances.”
From the Hardcover edition.