In Nevada: The Land, the People, God, and Chance (Paperback)
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 statetogether in all its mind-boggling contradictions. In Nevada is a rich and fascinating work inescapably necessary for any student of the American West.
"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