American Nomads: Travels With Lost Conquistadors, Mountain Men, Cowboys, Indians, Hoboes, Truckers, And Bullriders

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American Nomads: Travels With Lost Conquistadors, Mountain Men, Cowboys, Indians, Hoboes, Truckers, And Bullriders

Format:  Paperback,

311 pages

Publisher: Pgw

Publish Date: Feb 2005

ISBN-13: 9780802141804

ISBN-10: 0802141803

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Fascinated by the land of endless horizons, sunshine, and the open road, Richard Grant spent fifteen years wandering throughout the United States, never spending more than three weeks in one place and getting to know America's nomads ? truckers, tramps, rodeo cowboys, tie-dyed concert followers, flea market traders, retirees who live year round in their RV?s, and the murderous Freight Train Riders of America (FTRA). In a richly comic travelogue, Grant uses these lives and his own to examine the myths and realities of the wandering life, and its contradiction with the sedentary American dream.
Along with a personal account, American Nomads traces the history of wandering in the New World, through vividly told stories of frontiersmen, fur trappers and cowboys, Comanche and Apache warriors, all the way back to the first Spanish explorers who crossed the continent. What unites these disparate characters, as they range back and forth across the centuries, is a stubborn conviction that the only true freedom is to roam across the land.

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Publisher: Pgw
Publish Date: Feb 2005
ISBN-13: 9780802141804
ISBN-10: 0802141803
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 311
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.75 x 8.25 x 1.25

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Review by Library Journal (2004-01-01)

Grant, a young Englishman who has spent the better part of 15 years wandering somewhat aimlessly through the Western states of America, here offers his views. His definition of America as a "restless land" is a good one; he has spoken, bunked, ridden, and wandered with a variety of "restless" Americans, including truck drivers, rodeo performers, tramps, hippies, and grandparents. His writing is as restless as his travels; a description of how horses were introduced to the West leads to a look at prehistoric ancestors of the modern horse and then at a discussion of contemporary Mormonism. He often describes the seedy side of American life, but he maintains a wicked sense of humor throughout the book that makes it consistently entertaining and informative. Recommended for public libraries of all sizes.

-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., CA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Fascinated by the land of endless horizons, sunshine, and the open road, Richard Grant spent fifteen years wandering throughout the United States, never spending more than three weeks in one place and getting to know America? s nomads? truckers, tramps, rodeo cowboys, tie-dyed concert followers, flea market traders, retirees who live year round in their RV? s, and the murderous Freight Train Riders of America (FTRA). In a richly comic travelogue, Grant uses these lives and his own to examine the myths and realities of the wandering life, and its contradiction with the sedentary American dream.

Along with a personal account, American Nomads traces the history of wandering in the New World, through vividly told stories of frontiersmen, fur trappers and cowboys, Comanche and Apache warriors, all the way back to the first Spanish explorers who crossed the continent. What unites these disparate characters, as they range back and forth across the centuries, is a stubborn conviction that the only true freedom is to roam across the land.

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