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Bad Land -- An American Romance

Jonathan Rabin *Signed by Author*

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ISBN 10: 0679442545 / ISBN 13: 9780679442547
Published by Pantheon Books, NewYork, NY., 1996
Condition: As New - Hardcover
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*Collectible*Flat-signed by Jonathan Rabin on title page.* First Printing (Full-#-Line) hardback in Fine - condition, 2 corners lightly bumped and light softening at head and tail of spine. Dust Jacket is in Fine condtion, clean and bright and unclipped ($25.00). from inside dj flap -- ". So began the stories of countless homesteaders who, in the first decades of this century (1900's), seized an astounding government offer: 325 acres in the stark, dry Plains of Montana and the Dakotas. Seduced by the promises from railroad companies, by liberal credit from the bankers, and a scientific claims about dr-land farming; seduced above all, by the prospect of a new life in the New World, Americans and Europeans came determined to put down roots and prosper." "In 'Bad Land,' Jonathan Raban imaginatively recreates the austere terrain that once housed their hopes; he portrays the people whose dreams foundered there and the survivors who endure amidst the ruins of those who fled. He brings to life the deserted homesteads and recaptures the voices of those immigrants for whom the bare prairie represented a fantastic choice of personal renewal." Layed in is a receipt fromWordsworth Books of Boston to a "Contest Winner" in San Francisco in 1997. Bookseller Inventory # 000932

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Title: Bad Land -- An American Romance

Publisher: Pantheon Books, NewYork, NY.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New -

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Seduced by the government's offer of 320 acres per homesteader, Americans and Europeans rushed to Montana and the Dakotas to fulfill their own American dream in the first decade of this century. Raban's stunning evocation of the harrowing, desperate reality behind the homesteader's dream strips away the myth--while preserving the romance--that has shrouded our understanding of our own heartland.


Part history, part modern-day travelogue, Bad Land attempts to locate the dry plains of eastern Montana and the Dakotas in the American imagination. Jonathan Raban (author of the best-selling Old Glory) explores deserted homesteads and listens to the persevering descendants of the rugged pioneers who settled this territory. Toward the end of his eclectic book, Raban tries to explain why a place like this would appeal to people like Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber. The best passages recall Paul Theroux in top form.

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