AMERICAN MOMENT: a small truth of the kind easily overlooked by people in a hurry.
Charles Kuralt is a national treasure, a reporter and man of the world who was to many the real and true voice of America. To several generations Kuralt was the Mark Twain of television, a wanderer transfixed by the richness and greatness that he found in practically every corner of the country. For more than thirty years, he delighted us with his On the Road reports, as anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning, and with bestselling books that include On the Road with Charles Kuralt and Charles Kuralt's America. As Time magazine wrote, he was "the laureate of the common man."
The project that Kuralt was working on before he died was An American Moment with Charles Kuralt, a series of brief television essays about the people, places, and ideas that define the national spirit: the man who handcrafts the president's shoes; the Keeper of the Flame on Liberty Island; Paul Bunyan's hometown of Bemidji, Minnesota; the Pony Express Museum; cowboy hats; Ferris wheels; and more.
Kuralt's longtime friend and CBS colleague Peter Freundlich, who wrote and produced the American Moment series for television in collaboration with Kuralt, has edited and collected the essays for this book. The result is a collection of enchanting and sometimes touching stories that brings back Charles Kuralt's distinctive voice and celebrates the quintessential American character and traditions that he so loved.