On the eve of a historically tight election, a writer drives through swing states and listens to the voices of America, hearing one overriding plea: 'Washington, stop bickering. Get something done!'
Jerry Brown may be mellower and more experienced than when he first served as governor in 1975. Now he faces big challenges given California’s more diverse population and flagging economy.
For the brave reader ready to tackle it, this sprawling text offers a fascinating glimpse of a corner of America at work.
As it has slid, the state's citizens have begun to focus on its core dysfunctions.