Country of Exiles

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 10, 2011 - Social Science - 288 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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COUNTRY OF EXILES: The Destruction of Place in American Life

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A well-intentioned but not groundbreaking essay in cultural history, with a transparent title and an equally transparent argument. Repeating a common complaint of environmentalists and ... Read full review

Country of exiles: the destruction of place in American life

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Leach (Land of Desire: Merchants, Power and the Rise of a New American Culture, Pantheon, 1993) offers an analysis of the global forces that are reshaping American culture. Mergers and the creation of ... Read full review


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William Leach lives in Carmel, New York.

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