American Country Churches by William Morgan

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Now more than ever, vacationing Americans are choosing to stay right here in the U.S., to look inward at our own rich national heritage. Thus, there has never been a more appropriate time for this sweeping, gorgeously photographed look at rural America's most enchanting houses of worship. "The country church tells us who we are. In doing so, it provides a sense of security, especially in times of crisis," says Pulitzer Prize nominee William Morgan in his introduction.

The outcome of an inspired two-year cross-country road journey of writer and photographer, American Country Churches touches the heart of America-and many of its religious denominations-as it presents 250 moving, all-new color images of more than 40 of our nation's most uplifting, soul-soothing spaces. The introductory text places the churches within the greater context of American history, while short essays on each church highlight its particular role in the story of its region, architects, and worshippers. As this glorious volume proves, no matter which state one calls home, there are always nearby places to go to find solace. AUTHOR BIO: William Morgan has taught at Princeton University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of The Abrams Guide to American House Styles. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Radek Kurzaj is a travel and architecture photographer based in Sczecin, Poland, and New York City. His books include Abrams' Living Large in Small Spaces, Colonial Houses: The Historic Homes of Williamsburg, and The Abrams Guide to American House Styles.

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Navajo scholar William Morgan was honored in July 1996, along with Robert Young, by the Navajo Nation Council for their work on the Navajo language. The architectural photography of Radek Kurzaj has appeared in numerous international magazines and has been the basis of several books, including "The Ranch House" and "The Abrams Guide to American House Styles". He divides his time between Poland and New York City.
Published November 1, 2004 by Harry N. Abrams. 240 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Morgan presents a sort of dummy's guide to American architecture, dressed up in a pretty hardcover with copious color photographs and minimal, elegant descriptions.

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The country church may be ""one of the most enduring American images,"" writes Morgan in his engaging introduction to this coffee-table study.

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