**More than a literary record of American milestones and greater than the sum of its parts, here is a deep throated chorus singing a love song to a continent. Language always beautifully used- sometimes, inflamed in protest, sometimes lyric in praise tell America's story in voices now tender, now virile. Tom Paine denounces the sunshine patriot; Stephen Vincent Benet summons the American Muse. The clipped Northern twang of Maine sounds in Robert Frost's Mending Wall and the Southerner's cadence is in Vachel Lindsey's My Fathers Came from Kentucky. A roster of distinguished sons tell our national story in prose, sing our national song in poetry.