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James Naughtie

On The Road: American Adventures from Nixon to Trump

In conversation with Jamie Coomarasamy 

Starts at: Friday 15 October 7:45 PM
Finishes at: Friday 15 October 8:45 PM

James Naughtie, leading broadcaster, international reporter and special correspondent for BBC News, shares his fifty-year journey through America – its allure, its contradictions and the strengths and painful legacies that weigh so heavily on its people. This is a story of high drama and hidden encounters, the Watergate scandal, the end of the Cold War, the cultural conflicts around the Clintons, the trauma of 9/11 and the transformational elections of Obama, Trump and Biden.

You will meet the poker fiend who played cards with Lyndon B. Johnson; the nonagenarian Kennedy matriarch at home; presidential candidates in moments of victory and defeat; as well as the powerless and the bemused, like the lonely travellers on a night train from Chicago to New Orleans.

“The rarest of reads, a book that makes you ache to hop on a plane and sample this extraordinary country for
yourself…Sublime stuff.”
Michael Simkins, Mail on Sunday

“Outstanding… droll, absorbing and wonderfully perceptive.” Bill Bryson

“It is also a love-letter to America but the letter of a lover who is now anxious and concerned about the loved one’s
mental and spiritual health. There is a shadow over the USA, and the heart of America, although it beats with its
previous self-confidence, is trembling.”
Allan Massie, Scotland on Sunday