Education of a Wandering Man

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 29, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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From his decision to leave school at fifteen to roam the world, to his recollections of life as a hobo on the Southern Pacific Railroad, as a cattle skinner in Texas, as a merchant seaman in Singapore and the West Indies, and as an itinerant bare-knuckled prizefighter across small-town America, here is Louis L'Amour's memoir of his lifelong love affair with learning--from books, from yondering, and from some remarkable men and women--that shaped him as a storyteller and as a man. Like classic L'Amour fiction, Education of a Wandering Man mixes authentic frontier drama--such as the author's desperate efforts to survive a sudden two-day trek across the blazing Mojave desert--with true-life characters like Shanghai waterfront toughs, desert prospectors, and cowboys whom Louis L'Amour met while traveling the globe. At last, in his own words, this is a story of a one-of-a-kind life lived to the fullest . . . a life that inspired the books that will forever enable us to relive our glorious frontier heritage.


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User Review  - Bricker - LibraryThing

Always interesting to find out more about an author you enjoy and this book didn't disappoint. He lead a much more adventurous life than I had imagined. Also, a big proponent of seeking knowledge by ... Read full review

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User Review  - DrLed - LibraryThing

Synopsis: Louis L'Amour tells about how he educated himself through reading a large number of books that covered a wide variety of subjects. Eventually he owned more than 10,000 books. Part of his ... Read full review

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Louis L’Amour is undoubtedly the bestselling frontier novelist of all time. He is the only American-born author in history to receive both the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of his life's work. He has published ninety novels; twenty-seven short-story collections; two works of nonfiction; a memoir, Education of a Wandering Man; and a volume of poetry, Smoke from This Altar. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide.


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