9780679781820

Lasso the Wind: Away to the New West

ISBN 10: 067978182X / 0-679-78182-X
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Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Softcover
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They have tried to tame it, shave it, fence it, cut it, dam it, drain it, nuke it, poison it, pave it, and subdivide it," writes Timothy Egan of the West in his new book, but "this region's hold on the American character has never seemed stronger."
Lasso the Wind is a moving, funny, and incisive look at the eleven states "on the sunset side of the 100th meridian" that Egan regards as the true West. Fishing rod and notebook in hand, he travels by car and foot, horseback and raft, through a region struggling to find its future direction under both the ideological weight of the past and the commercial threats of the present.
He visits the Sky City of Acoma, which may be the oldest continuously inhabited community in America, and then goes to an instant town on the Colorado River--Lake Havasu City, built around the transplanted London Bridge. He meets an outlaw cowboy in New Mexico, grazing his cattle on federal land. From Las Vegas, a sprawling, ever-expanding monument to gaudiness and glitz, to the relatively untouched wilds of Idaho's Bitterroot Mountains, Egan leads us through the world of industrialists, politicians, ranchers, and developers, back to the heart of the land itself to see the wealth and grandeur that have inspired the dreams of generations.
Interweaving historical accounts with explorations of the contemporary landscape, Egan shows how and why the region came to its current state. We see why the errors and perils of the past continue to repeat themselves to this day, how enormous reserves of public land are being steadily chipped away by commercial interests and the demands of a growing population. But we also learn how some communities manage to avoid repeating these mistakes and to win successes, played out in the land and water, in the struggle between possibility and possession.
Lasso the Wind eloquently captures the American West in all its promise, in all its pain, and in all its glory.


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"The one convincingly upbeat moment in this heartfelt jeremiad of a book comes, appropriately enough, not from the works of man but from the resilience of nature."

Timothy Foote, New York Times Book Review, 09/06/1998

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"Egan has truly inhabited the rural, recreational, wild and historical places of the West that he writes about...and his pieces are detailed reporting at its best, built with information, history and statistics and enlivened by characters who are shifty and taciturn in ways peculiarly Western....Without preaching, Egan simply lays out the accoutrements, material and moral, of lives separated by nearly 200 years of human history and presence upon the land, inviting us to look at what we have gained and lost in becoming the dominant animal of our ecosystem."

Caroline Fraser, Los Angeles Times Book Review, 10/04/1998

 

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