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Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West

Martínez, Rubén

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ISBN 10: 0805079777 / ISBN 13: 9780805079777
Published by Metropolitan Books, New York, 2012
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Book and BroDart protected jacket are new and unread. Gift quality. Signed and dated by the author on the title page, in the year of publication. Rear jacket blurbs are the best I have ever seen. Contributors are: Wm. Debuys, Richard White, Ana Castillo, Ry Cooder, Dagoberto Gilb, and Mike Davis. First edition / first printing. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Bookseller Inventory # PC 32-7

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Title: Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old...

Publisher: Metropolitan Books, New York

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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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.

About the Author:

Rubén Martínez, an Emmy-winning journalist and poet, is the author of Crossing Over and The New Americans. He lives in Los Angeles, where he holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing at Loyola Marymount University.

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