Bad Land An American Romance

ISBN-10: 0679759069
ISBN-13: 9780679759065
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jonathan Raban
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Description: A New York Times Editors' Choice for Book of the Year Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award Winner of the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award "No one has evoked with greater power the marriage of land and sky that gives this country  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/7/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

A New York Times Editors' Choice for Book of the Year Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award Winner of the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award "No one has evoked with greater power the marriage of land and sky that gives this country both its beauty and its terror. " --Washington Post Book World In 1909 maps still identified eastern Montana as the Great American Desert.  But in that year Congress, lobbied heavily by railroad companies, offered 320-acre tracts of land to anyone bold or foolish enough to stake a claim to them. Drawn by shamelessly inventive brochures, countless homesteaders--many of them immigrants--went west to make their fortunes. Most failed. In Bad Land, Jonathan Raban travels through the unforgiving country that was the scene of their dreams and undoing, and makes their story come miraculously alive.     In towns named Terry, Calypso, and Ismay (which changed its name to Joe, Montana, in an effort to attract football fans), and in the landscape in between, Raban unearths a vanished episode of American history, with its own ruins, its own heroes and heroines, its own hopeful myths and bitter memories. Startlingly observed, beautifully written, this book is a contemporary classic of the American West. "Exceptional. . . .  A beautifully told historical meditation. " --Time "Championship prose. . . .  In fifty years don't be surprised if Bad Land is a landmark." --Los Angeles Times

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Fences
Plain Sailing
Heavy Weather
Clinging to the Wreckage
Off the Map
Woods and Water
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