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Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, Bigotry and Human Rights category, 2005

*Photographs by Michael Williamson**

Homeland is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dale Maharidge's biggest and most ambitious book yet, weaving together the disparate and contradictory strands of contemporary American society—common decency alongside race rage, the range of dissenting voices, and the roots of discontent that defy political affiliation. Here are American families who can no longer pay their medical bills, who've lost high-wage-earning jobs to NAFTA. And here are white supremacists who claim common ground with progressives. Maharidge's approach is rigorously historical, creating a tapestry of today as it is lived in America, a self-portrait that is shockingly different from what we're used to seeing and yet which rings of truth.

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“Maharidge posits that we were a country in peril even before the terrorist attacks, a nation in which many were suffering in dire economic straits … this book is a call for all Americans to examine our beliefs, our anger, our racial prejudices and the economic injustices fueling our unease.”

“In Homeland, Maharidge breaks new ground in the genre of 9/11 journalism by heading into heartland America. … The tales Maharidge relates expose the synergy between economics and racism in Rust Belt communities, whose residents are the victims of post-industrial collapse and what he describes as a '30-year war against the working class.'”

Dale Maharidge

Dale Maharidge is a journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of And Their Children After Them, Journey to Nowhere, The Last Great American Hobo, and Homeland. A professor of journalism at Columbia University, he lives in Northern California and New York City.

Michael S. Williamson

Michael S. Williamson is a photographer for the Washington Post who, in addition to the Pulitzer Prize he shares with Dale Maharidge for their book on Depression-era sharecroppers, has won a second Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of war in Kosovo. Williamson’s other honors include the World Press Photo and Nikon World Understanding Through Photography awards. He lives in Maryland.