Possibly the author over-romanticises somewhat, but as I've not read a great deal on the subject before or since I couldn't say for sure. If you are interested in nomadic subcultures, I think Grant's book will prove interesting and informative. The way that Grant coupled each time period with a general geographic or psychological area to then move smoothly into his own personal experiences was cleverly done, although at times felt trite. His thinking is balanced and fair to both the sedentary and the nomad as to their life choices. The history was always fascinating. When he ran out of money, he returned to England and sold articles about his adventures until he raise another stake to come back and repeat the process. Richard Grant is a Brit with an inclination to ramble.
Motivated partly by his own wanderlust and partly by his realisation that America is a land populated by wanderers, he set out to test his theory. Motivated partly by his own wanderlust and partly by his realisation that America is a land populated by wanderers, he set out to test his theory. But when his investigation is tainted by the fear of betrayal and the sting of lost trust, even he begins to doubt himself. This is the price excluding shipping and handling fees a seller has provided at which the same item, or one that is nearly identical to it, is being offered for sale or has been offered for sale in the recent past. Richard Grant has never spent more than twenty-two consecutive nights under the same roof.
I found the subject matter fascinating and the writer's attitudes frustrating. Drawing on ten years of empirical research in Accra, Ghana's capital city, this book shows how this African metropolis is as deeply transformed by globalization as the cities of other world regions. I also thought that although his historical accounts appeared untarnished by bias, I felt he was being unfair to some of the people he had encountered on his travels and was making assumptions about them, their beliefs, and their way of life. Richard Grant born 1963 is a freelance British travel writer based in Mississippi. The impulse to move away from people and civilizations is not one I understood before, is something quite alien to me. The film takes the form of a 6,000 mile journey around the American Southwest in search of modern-day American nomads.
It's a rhapsody on what makes men and women wander, and what has made them wander, from the beginnings of recorded history in the American West to the present. It will take all of his Ranger experience and skill to solve this mystery. In an intense study, Winkler lays out the construction of the world shared by the rural people, with its saints and pilgrims, snake-charmers and wandering holy men, all under the overarching power of God, and shows how Abdel Radi's mediumship made sense in that context. While Grant's book delivered as an enjoyable and swift read that was not too heavy, it also surprised me with its grasp of Western history and valuable insights. The experiences of Ghost Rider platoon provide a soldier's-eye view of the incredible complexities of warfare, peacekeeping, and counterinsurgency in one of the world's most ancient cities. Grant artfully blends his own adventures on the road with historical examples illustrating the nomadic instinct that the open spaces of the West seem to draw out from those who live there.
Hardback with dust jacket, 311 pages. I'd highly recommend it if you're interested in learning about nomads, drifters, vagrants, history of the united states and the history of the west. I learned a ton about a lot of things, but I think my favorite fun fact and potential new search term was that there is a name for the pre-mountain man generations of Appalachian frontiersmen like Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett: the long hunters. Army lieutenant-led a light scout platoon across Baghdad. Good discussion as to whether we Americans have a class of Nomads. Motivated partly by his own wanderlust and partly by his realisation that America is a land populated by wanderers, he set out to test his theory.
He went to school in Hammersmith and received a history degree from University College, London. It drifts at times and sometimes becomes repetitive. His chapters are really standalone pieces; they are loosely connected to each other, and circles back to some common themes and images, and while you can tease out the threads that connect these pieces, there was never really a good setup to make you know what those themes are, so that they resonate when you meet them. As in, that profession had some kind of bad reputation. I read this because I had really enjoyed , a similarly structured account of Grant's travels in the Sierra Madre published five years after the present volume. Motivated partly by his own wanderlust and partly by his realisation that America is a land populated by wanderers, he set out to test his theory.
On a more positive spin, for someone who has had? Given that factual quibble, and given that there are no real references, I hesitate to call this book well-researched again, it's helpful to think of these chapters as magazine articles, not scholarly historical research, but I think it is possible to be entertaining and also precise. I almost gave up on it. I would go so far to say 'essential' to have in any library of exploration. Why have they chosen to live a wandering life, and what do they gain and sacrafic? Richard Grant is an English journalist who, unable to handle English winters, moved to the American Southwest in the mid-1980s and for 15 years traveled around, rarely spending more than a few weeks in one place. Then again, I am probably more sensitive to that than the average reader. It seemed at times like I was reading something from a anarcho-punk 'zine, rather than getting a true picture of it all, it felt similar in tone to some of the more outlandish chapters of Jennifer Toth's Mole People book.
He currently lives with his wife Mariah, who is a Public Services and Instruction Librarian at Millsaps College, and his daughter Isobel in Jackson, Mississippi. His chapters on conquistador Cabeza de Vaca, mountain man Joe Walker, and the Comanche tribe are particularly well researched and written. Once they got here they kept going to until they reached another ocean. His laughing accusations they are hardly articulated enough to be called an attack against the Book of Mormon in particular and Mormons in general was certainly off-putting to me. The themes have stayed with me, and have helped inform my own writing enormously. As anyone who knows me could immediately tell from the subtitle, this book is, as my wife likes to say, right up my street to an almost eerie degree.
I have this slight and perhaps unfair feeling of disappointment that those elements didn't for me all gel into the book that this might have been. And they know that their appearance of destitution strikes at the heart of those who feel obligated to assist them in finding shelter or to give them money , because we - the people with jobs and homes and have settled and conformed to societal norms - cannot imagine why anyone would willingly not want to do these things. These subjects are well chosen, both as dynamic interesting stories, and for their instructiveness to Grant's theme. Who now serves and why? What connection does America's professional army have to the broader society and culture? I initially assumed this was due to a female nesting instinct, but Grant makes a strong case that these are only modern cultural values: among nomadic tribes, it is often the women who keep the men on the move. There is quite a bit of text dedicated to the history of interaction between Native Americans and lesser known early American explorers. Almost 900 miles long, the range climbs to nearly 11,000 feet and boasts several canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon.