A Nation of Nations is the dramatic story of the transformation of America during the last fifty years, told through a handful of families in one suburban county in Virginia that has been totally remade by recent immigration.
“A Nation of Nations is a necessary book on what America has become in the last half‑century. It tells the stories of new immigrants to a great country and defines and celebrates an exciting new American Exceptionalism.”
— Richard Reeves, author of Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese‑American Internment in World War II
Since joining NPR in 1982 as labor and education reporter, Gjelten has won numerous awards for his work. His 1992 series “From Marx to Markets,” documenting the transition to market economics in Eastern Europe, won an Overseas Press Club award for “Best Business or Economic Reporting in Radio or TV.” His coverage of the wars in the former Yugoslavia earned Gjelten the Overseas Press Club’s Lowell Thomas Award, a George Polk Award, and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He was part of the NPR teams that won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for Sept. 11 coverage and a George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of the war in Iraq.