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In Nevada : the land, the people, God, and chance

Author: David Thomson
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"At once examining and experiencing Nevada, Thomson finds its people, its landscape, and the unexpected questions it inspires equally provocative. He shows us the historical Nevada - a classic Wild West, attracting Spanish missionaries, Mormons, uprooted Native Americans, explorers, and silver miners - and the contemporary influx of cultists, druggies, survivalists, and fortune hunters whose quests lead directly to
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Thomson, David, 1941-
In Nevada.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 1999
(OCoLC)607202474
Online version:
Thomson, David, 1941-
In Nevada.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 1999
(OCoLC)630985334
Named Person: David Thomson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Thomson
ISBN: 0679454861 9780679454861
OCLC Number: 41299196
Description: xiii, 330 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prospects: Travels in the remote and northern parts of the state that also uncover the history of Nevada --
Suspects: Historic developments in southern Nevada--at Las Vegas and the Test Site--with reflections on degrees of gambling --
Collects: Prayers for Nevada, its present and future.
Responsibility: David Thomson ; original photographs by Lucy Gray.
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"At once examining and experiencing Nevada, Thomson finds its people, its landscape, and the unexpected questions it inspires equally provocative. He shows us the historical Nevada - a classic Wild West, attracting Spanish missionaries, Mormons, uprooted Native Americans, explorers, and silver miners - and the contemporary influx of cultists, druggies, survivalists, and fortune hunters whose quests lead directly to the gaming table."--BOOK JACKET.

"We see Nevada as a place of no-holds-barred experimentation, both social (gambling, prostitution, easy divorce, no taxes) and scientific (nuclear testing and storage of nuclear waste). We see suburbanites rubbing shoulders with sybarites; the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe, shadowed by the financial edifice of tourism; criminals, entertainers, and hotel impresarios sharing dreams of glory (and the memory of Bugsy Siegel and Frank Sinatra)."--BOOK JACKET. "In Nevada is a revelation of the gambler's mix of hope and anxiety, of the isolation and closeness, the beauty and banality, the fact and fancy, at the heart of the state - and the state of mind - of Nevada."--BOOK JACKET.

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