Country of Exiles: The Destruction of Place in American Life

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Pantheon Books, 1999 - History - 273 pages
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In Country of Exiles, William Leach, whose Land of Desire was a finalist for the National Book Award, explores the troubling effects of our national love affair with mobility. He shows us how the impulse to pull up stakes and find a new frontier has always battled with the need to put down roots, and how a new cosmopolitanism has seized our national identity.
Leach takes us across a featureless America, where strip malls homogenize a once varied and majestic landscape, and where casinos displace the Native American spiritual connection to the land. He shows us a culture where everyone, from CEOs to office temps, abandons the notion of company loyalty, and where rootless academics posit a world without borders. With compelling vision and insight, Leach reveals the profound but often hidden impact of America's disintegrating sense of place on our national and individual psyche.

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User Review  - Hubert - Goodreads

Not the type of book that you would typically learn a lot from, but has good information and tidbits related to displacement issues within America. Read full review

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User Review  - Zach - Goodreads

This book was about the decline of our attachment to place. Americans more and more have no sense of home. The author sees this as a bad thing - and I suppose it generally is. He blames intermodalism ... Read full review

Contents

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Spectre of Placelessness Countervailing Trends
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INTERMODAL HIGHWAYS
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William Leach lives in Carmel, New York.


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