Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, Bigotry and Human Rights category, 2005
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.
"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." —Los Angeles Times
"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.'" —In These Times
"This book emerges as a sensitive, heartfelt examination of a wounded America whose wounds existed long before the terrorist attacks." —Publishers Weekly
"When, some years ago, I read Journey to Nowhere by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson, I knew these were true journalists, who sought out small truths in large circumstances. Now they have topped that noble book with Homeland. It is an assemblage of sagas, of dissenters young and old who have said No to the arrogance of the official word. It is a hopeful as well as heartbreaking work." –Studs Terkel, author most recently of Hope Dies Last