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The Inland Ground: An Evocation of the American Middle West
     

The Inland Ground: An Evocation of the American Middle West

by Richard Rhodes, Bill Greer (Illustrator)
 

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Inland Ground is Richard Rhodes's first book. It was published quietly in 1970 to critical acclaim (The New York Times Book Review named it one of the best books of the year) but few sales. In the two decades that followed, Rhodes published ten more books, including A Hole in the World, Farm, and The Making of the Atomic Bomb, for which he

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Inland Ground is Richard Rhodes's first book. It was published quietly in 1970 to critical acclaim (The New York Times Book Review named it one of the best books of the year) but few sales. In the two decades that followed, Rhodes published ten more books, including A Hole in the World, Farm, and The Making of the Atomic Bomb, for which he won the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Yet, Rhodes contends, some of his best writing is collected here, in Inland Ground, sixteen essays that evoke the Middle West, on topics that range from coyote hunting to the Mayo Clinic. For this updated edition Rhodes has chosen the twelve best of his early pieces, combined them with four new essays, and added a spare, forceful preface.

Author Biography: Richard Rhodes received both the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize for The Making of the Atomic Bomb. He is the author of Why They Kill and A Hole in the the World: An American Boyhood. He grew up in Kansas City and Independence, Missouri, and now lives in Connecticut.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
The mysteries of this Inland Ground are teasingly hinted at and sometimes brilliantly illuminated.
Indiana Magazine of History
On the subjects of wheat, coyote hunting, hog butchering, Truman, and Eisenhower, Rhodes is poetic.
Harper's Magazine
A very American book, written with a warm and compelling intelligence.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kansas-born Rhodes ( A Hole in the World: An American Boyhood ) updates his first book by adding four new essays to the 12 best of his original pieces about life in the Midwest. ``A mosaic of chapters that trace, explore, examine with mature objectivity, but above all celebrate the essential spirit and virtues of the `freedom' of the prairies,'' said PW of the 1970 original. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700604982
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
12/28/1991
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.22(d)

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