American Nomads: Travels with Lost Conquistadors, Mountain Men, Cowboys, Indians, Hoboes, Truckers, and Bullriders

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Grove Press, 2005 - Travel - 311 pages
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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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AMERICAN NOMADS: Travels in a Restless Land

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British-born journalist Grant succumbs to indigenous American wanderlust, exploring the land mostly left of the Mississippi in a journey of discovery for himself and other agoraphobics. It's a fine ... Read full review

American nomads: travels with lost conquistadors, mountain men, cowboys, Indians, hoboes, and bullriders

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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 ... Read full review

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Section 1
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Section 2
3
Section 3
15
Section 4
29
Section 5
47
Section 6
65
Section 7
85
Section 8
111
Section 9
143
Section 10
175
Section 11
203
Section 12
233
Section 13
257
Section 14
285
Section 15
309
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