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This acclaimed collection of essays begins with the title essay and a trip to Nevada, where, in the company of a brand inspector, John McPhee discovers that cattle rustling is not just history.

John McPhee is the author of more than 25 books, including Annals of the Former World, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction in 1999. He has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1965 and lives in Princeton, New Jersey. McPhee's Encounters with the Archdruid and The Curve of Binding Energy were both nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science.

Irons in the Fire begins with the title essay and a trip to Nevada, where, in the company of a brand inspector, John McPhee discovers that cattle rustling is not just history. People, places, and events as unlikely as a virgin forest in central New Jersey, a blind writer-professor working at his computer, an auction of exotic cars, a forensic geologist on a murder case, a mountain of forty-four million scrap tires in California, and a repair day for Plymouth Rock shape the scenes and substance of the other essays. From first to last, McPhee is at the top of his form, his writing "full of ideas in force, of attempts at progress, of a world endlessly flexed with promise" (Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review).

"McPhee is known as the dean of 'literary journalists' . . . His writing creates its own wonderful topographical map of the ways of the world, contemplated with both microcosmic closeness and cosmic breadth."Kate Shatzkin, The Baltimore Sun

"Somehow McPhee finds, again and again, the kind of people we're told don't exist anymore: unsung heroes . . . living lives of absolute mastery of their varied fields. A master himself, McPhee writes about them with grace. This is a close to poetry as journalism gets."Andrea Gollin, Miami Herald

"McPhee's essays are proof that the kind of journalism that can effortlessly put a topic into perfect perspective will never go out of style."Robert R. Harris, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

This collection of acclaimed essays on a variety of topics by our "dean of literary journalists" ("The Baltimore Sun") reveals McPhee at the top of his form, showcasing writing that's "full of ideas in force, of attempts at progress, of a world endlessly flexed with promise" ("San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle Book Review").

Synopsis:

This acclaimed collection of essays begins with the title essay and a trip to Nevada, where, in the company of a brand inspector, John McPhee discovers that cattle rustling is not just history.

About the Author

John McPhee is the author of twenty-six books, including Annals of the Former World, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. He has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1965 and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374525453
Author:
McPhee, John
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
McPhee, John
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.93 x 5.97 x 0.6 in

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"Synopsis" by , This collection of acclaimed essays on a variety of topics by our "dean of literary journalists" ("The Baltimore Sun") reveals McPhee at the top of his form, showcasing writing that's "full of ideas in force, of attempts at progress, of a world endlessly flexed with promise" ("San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle Book Review").
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This acclaimed collection of essays begins with the title essay and a trip to Nevada, where, in the company of a brand inspector, John McPhee discovers that cattle rustling is not just history.

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