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An emotional visit to the Vietnam Wall on its 30th anniversary. A solemn service at Arlington National Cemetery. The leader of the "Band of Brothers" remembered as a modest, dignified next-door neighbor in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Tiny Shanksville, Pennsylvania, becoming a town of memorials -- all in honor of the 40 heroes who won the first battle in the War on Terror in the blue skies overhead.

Journalist John Luciew takes readers on a tour of unlikely places and unusual events that reveal the still-strong beating heart of America, even in the midst of a brutal recession and a rare moment of shaken confidence in the country's collective future.

At busy truck stops tucked off the Pennsylvania Turnpike, conversations with long-haul drivers reveal the "New Normal" of a battered American economy better than any Wall Street chart ever could. A bus terminal on Memorial Day weekend becomes a portrait of a country still on the move, albeit in the slow lane. And the real-life conversations are as rich, interesting and revealing as those spun by Forrest Gump in a similar setting.

A second-hand store in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, becomes an archive of heartache, as people part with proud possessions in the name of cash. Yet, the inspiring true stories of two high school seniors -- one who shepherded her little sister after their mother's murder and a young man whose cancer diagnosis never became his identity -- show that our country's future is as bright and promising as ever.

These are stories of America at a crossroads, but refusing to backtrack. Their lasting lessons not only point the way forward, but warm the heart and renew the spirit for the journey ahead.

As always, the best of America is its people. And John Luciew paints an American family portrait that will endure along with these citizens' steely and inspiring resolve. Don't miss this must-read collection of touching tributes to what still make us great. Each story will have you nodding with pride and repeating in admiring wonder, "Ain't That America."

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