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In Nevada: The Land, the People, God, and Chance (Vintage Departures)by David Thomson
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Nevada is the place where Samuel Clemens became Mark Twain, Frank Sinatra became Chairman of the Board, divorce became an industry and gambling an institution. It was a place that Kit Carson could explore, where Bugsy Seigel could dream, and Howard Hughes might hide. It's the government's favorite place to test nuclear bombs and store nuclear waste. It's a place, in short, of an impossible amalgam and improbable history.
From David Thomson, the highly-acclaimed author of Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles, has beaten all the odds with a stunning book that pieces this great state together in all its mind-boggling contradictions. In Nevada is a rich and fascinating work inescapably necessary for any student of the American West.
Part contemplation, part appreciation, part informal travel guide, this book examines and experiences the gambler's mix of hope and anxiety, the isolation and closeness, the beauty and banality--and the state of mind--of Nevada.
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David Thomson lives in San Francisco.
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