The World, America, and Me in the Twentieth Century by Victor Sutch chronicles the events that ushered humanity into the rapid changes of today’s eclectic culture, events seen through the eyes of someone who has lived long enough to bear witness to the pains and struggles of humankind through the span of a century.
“What interesting people! We felt like we had come home.”
At first glance, The World, America, and Me in the Twentieth Century may sound like an autobiography that recounts a series of events in the life of a centenarian ?like growing up in Indiana at the wake of the twentieth century, fighting in the World Wars, and embracing a path of healing ?but this little gem of a book goes way beyond history. Sutch has the uncanny ability to blend the art of storytelling and a personal, somewhat intimate reflection of events into a stunning social commentary that allows the reader to look back and feel an intense sense of nostalgia for a home. He writes with moving simplicity, which allows his personality to come across as a depository of cultural values, the fears, and aspirations of a people embracing change. This book is one of the most beautiful gifts a father can offer his offspring, a gift that will always remind humanity of where they come from and how far away they have traveled.
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo