Country of Exiles

Country of Exiles 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 impul

  • Title: Country of Exiles
  • Author: William R. Leach
  • ISBN: 9780679758655
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 uIn 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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    1. An interesting book to read if you are not paying attention to how the vast majority of Americans are living in late 20th century early 21stcentury America I read it years ago, after graduate school when these kinds of things were really important to me I felt it did matter and I resented the fact that I could be driving around Boston, or Atlanta, or Minneapolis or Seattle it was all the same Don t get me wrong, those place do look different geographically, but looking at the minutia of our dail [...]


    2. this book could should have been much interesting than it was i thought that many of the subjects the author chose to focus on in making his arguments for the loss of sense of place in america were a littlerandom unrelated mely indian casinos and multicultural academia, and this choice led to some mildly offensive arguments for a point i think could have been made much effectively through other means culturally divers universities lead to homogenization and thus the death of connection to plac [...]


    3. This book was about the decline of our attachment to place Americans and have no sense of home The author sees this as a bad thing and I suppose it generally is He blames intermodalism, Wal Mart, Las Vegas, among other things.The author may have had some good points in there, but he lost credibility with me by citing a few things that weren t true.The biggest problem I had with the book was not its content, but the fact that it was so bland Dont read it unless you have to.


    4. I started this one on a business trip two years ago and when I started reading it, I was in the middle of a chapter about how H 1B visas affect the workforce basically, different political perspectives about whether what I do all day for a living is good for capitalism or results in giving experienced workers less job security Parts were interesting Parts about the ways that American society developed.


    5. Reflections from a historian on how some seemingly unrelated American institutions are all symptoms of a larger culture of globalized rootlessness The author shows the dark side of cosmopolitanism, usually described as both pro business and pro human rights among all the elites in America Like the film Up in the Air, this is a good tonic for a frequent flyer who is looking to build roots on the ground.


    6. I feel the description does a wonderful job at captivating the content of this book I do, however, have to wonder how Leach would interpret events and attitudes in the last decade and a half since this book was published I believe that was in 99 I would love to read an update.


    7. An interesting exploration of the necessity of a sense of place in human existence I just wish that the author had gone beyond the general in his descriptions of the implications of a loss of that sense.


    8. 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.



    9. The author seemed to want to dump everything he d read into the book, constantly quoting other works and writers That made it a bit of a tedious read But, generally a great book.



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