From cities to sitcoms, from scotch to soda, from English monarchs to French movies, The Real Thing is a compendium of the quintessential, providing definitive answers to some of the most compelling questions of our time: What confection out-cholesterols the competition? Why is The Country Club the country club? Which Charlie Chan proved the least scrutable?
Close-knit rural communities once flourished throughout America. They were the main source of social life, assistance, and entertainment for farm and ranch families who lived far from town. These communities were often anchored by a country school or church, and most of them survived into the second half of the twentieth century.