Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West / Edition 1

Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West / Edition 1

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by Rubén Martínez
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0805079777

ISBN-13: 2900805079776

Pub. Date: 08/07/2012

Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.

A brilliantly illuminating portrait of the twenty-first-century West—a book as vast, diverse, and unexpected as the land and the people, from one of our foremost chroniclers of migration

The economic boom—and the devastation left in its wake—has been writ nowhere as large as on the West, the most iconic of American landscapes. Over the last

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A brilliantly illuminating portrait of the twenty-first-century West—a book as vast, diverse, and unexpected as the land and the people, from one of our foremost chroniclers of migration

The economic boom—and the devastation left in its wake—has been writ nowhere as large as on the West, the most iconic of American landscapes. Over the last decade the West has undergone a political and demographic upheaval comparable only to the opening of the frontier. Now, in Desert America, a work of powerful reportage and memoir, Rubén Martínez, acclaimed author of Crossing Over, evokes a new world of extremes: outrageous wealth and devastating poverty, sublime beauty and ecological ruin.

In northern New Mexico, an epidemic of drug addiction flourishes in the shadow of some of the country's richest zip codes; in Joshua Tree, California, gentrification displaces people and history. In Marfa, Texas, an exclusive enclave triggers a race war near the banks of the Rio Grande. And on the Tohono O'odham reservation, Native Americans hunt down Mexican migrants crossing the most desolate stretch of the border.

With each desert story, Martínez explores his own encounter with the West and his love for this most contested region. In the process, he reveals that the great frontier is now a harbinger of the vast disparities that are redefining the very idea of America.

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ISBN-13:
2900805079776
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352

Table of Contents

Introduction: Snow in the Desert 1

1 Mornings in New Mexico 9

2 House of the Moon 61

3 In the Shadow of the Black Mesa 103

4 Water in the Desert 157

5 A Walk in the Woods 205

6 Where the River Bends 259

Conclusion: Neighbors 317

Acknowledgments 331

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Sickboy84 More than 1 year ago
First off, I truly enjoy historical and current events reading. From reading the synopsis of this book, I figured I would be in for a treat of current stories and colorful characters that the writer encounters on his look in to the new old west. Boy was I wrong. It seems that the writer has just decided to create a long winded soliloquy in regards to his experience and avoid any sort of creative writing. The few characters encountered are ho-hum and his writing style leaves much to be desired. I could not even finish this book which is rare for me. I felt that I was dragging myself through the narrative to make up for the $16 I wasted. I should go back to using the library so that when I encounter tiresome writing as this I do not feel cheated out of money.