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Told through a handful of families in one suburban county in Virginia that has been utterly changed by recent immigration, A Nation of Nations is the dramatic and compelling story of the transformation of America during the last fifty years.

Full Synopsis
In 1950, Fairfax County, Virginia, was ninety percent white, ten percent African American, with a little more than one hundred families who were "other." Currently the African American percentage of the population is about the same, but the Anglo white population is less than fifty percent, and there are families of Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American origin living all over the county. A Nation of Nations follows the lives of a few immigrants to Fairfax County over recent decades as they gradually "Americanize." Hailing from Korea, Bolivia, and Libya, these families have stories that illustrate common immigrant themes: friction between minority groups, economic competition and entrepreneurship, and racial and cultural stereotyping.

It's been half a century since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act changed the landscape of America, and no book has assessed the impact or importance of this law as this one does, with its brilliant combination of personal stories and larger demographic and political issues.

"A timely, well-informed entry into a national debate." ---Kirkus

"Builds through the accumulation of detail to a book of impressive heft." ---The New York Times Book Review

"As the subtitle suggests, this is a great American immigration story, both in its scope and in its heart, and David Colacci's steady, thoughtful narration does justice to each." ---AudioFile

"A timely, measured, and sympathetic account of changing U.S. demographics within the past several decades." ---Library Journal

A Nation of Nations

A Story of America After the 1965 Immigration Law

Author Tom Gjelten

Narrated by David Colacci

Publication date Nov 3, 2015

Running time 13 hrs

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