A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Winner of the Mountains and Plains Book Seller's Association Award
"Sprawling in scope. . . . Mr. Egan uses the past powerfully to explain and give dimension to the present." The New York Times
"Fine reportage . . . honed and polished until it reads more like literature than journalism." Los Angeles Times
"They have tried to tame it, shave it, fence it, cut it, dam it, drain it, nuke it, poison it, pave it, and subdivide it," writes Timothy Egan of the West; still, "this region's hold on the American character has never seemed stronger." In this colorful and revealing journey through the eleven states west of the 100th meridian, Egan, a third-generation westerner, evokes a lovely and troubled country where land is religion and the holy war between preservers and possessors never ends.
Egan leads us on an unconventional, freewheeling tour: from America's oldest continuously inhabited community, the Ancoma Pueblo in New Mexico, to the high kitsch of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where London Bridge has been painstakingly rebuilt stone by stone; from the fragile beauty of Idaho's Bitterroot Range to the gross excess of Las Vegas, a city built as though in defiance of its arid environment. In a unique blend of travel writing, historical reflection, and passionate polemic, Egan has produced a moving study of the West: how it became what it is, and where it is going.
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About the Author
TIMOTHY EGAN is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of seven books, most recently Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, named Best of the Month by Amazon.com. His book on the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, won a National Book Award for nonfiction and was named a New York Times Editors' Choice, a New York Times Notable Book, a Washington State Book Award winner, and a Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book. He writes a weekly opinion column for the New York Times.
Date of Birth:November 8, 1954
Timothy Egan has the kind of writerly power that turns a reader into an instant convert. That was the kind of effect his earlier work, The Good Rain had on me. I reread the book 4 times since its publication in the early nineties. Ever since, I have consistently pronounced Egan my all-time favorite author. Yes, in my book, he ranks up there with Edward Abbey. Not surprisingly, I expected enornomously of his much anticipated follow-up, Lasso the Wind. Alas, this over-written 250-page book is contrived, verbose and monotonous. It is heavy on the history and lacks his earlier magic...I find myself slogging through each page. Still I refuse to give up on Egan, having known his enormous gifts as a writer. I read Lasso from back chapter to front and some how that provides relief from the monotony. I am still half way through the book and find him disappointingly predictable in the way that he so relentlessly champions conservation of the New West over the old economies of ranching and logging. Still, I will recommend Lasso to anyone with a great love of this mythical land of the West. Egan has the power to surprise on occasions, and for that, I'm willing to plough through to the end, or in this instance, to the beginning.