"First published in France in 1958, then in the United States in 1959, Robert Franks the Americans changed the course of twentieth-century photography. In eighty-three photographs, Frank looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal a people plagued by racism, ill-served by their politicians, and rendered numb by a rapidly expanding culture of consumption. Yet he also found novel areas of beauty in simple, overlooked corners of American life. And it was not just Franks subject matter-cars, jukeboxes, and even the road itself-that redefined the icons of America; it was also his seemingly intuitive, immediate, off-kilter style, as well as his method of brilliantly linking his photographs together thematically, conceptually, formally, and linguistically, that made the Americans so innovative. More of an ode or a poem than a literal document, the book is as powerful and provocative Today as it was fifty-six years ago."