The Land, the People, God, and Chance
By David Thomson
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780679777588, 352pp.)
Publication Date: October 10, 2000
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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.
David Thomson lives in San Francisco.
"Engaging." --The New York Times
"Fascinatingly researched, superbly written . . . a distinguished contribution to the literature of place." --Phillip Lopate
"He paints the desert, its solitude and shifting colors, as well as anyone ever has." --Business Week