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Spying on the South : an odyssey across the American divide

Author: Tony Horwitz
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2019 ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The New York Times-bestselling final book by the beloved, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Tony Horwitz. With Spying on the South, the best-selling author of Confederates in the Attic returns to the South and the Civil War era for an epic adventure on the trail of America's greatest landscape architect. In the 1850s, the young Frederick Law Olmsted was adrift, a restless farmer and dreamer in search of a mission. He  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Travel writing
Travel literature
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Horwitz, Tony, 1958-2019.
Spying on the South.
New York : Penguin Press, 2019
(DLC) 2018056912
(OCoLC)1079399605
Named Person: Frederick Law Olmsted; Tony Horwitz; Tony Horwitz; Frederick Law Olmsted
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Horwitz
ISBN: 9781101980293 110198029X
OCLC Number: 1101429346
Description: 1 online resource (476 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Yeoman Olmsted: "An enthusiast by nature" --
Over the Alleghenies: gateway to the Rust Belt --
Ohio River: mutants making tow --
Kentucky: "A balance sheet of good against evil" --
To Tennessee and back: a thorough aristocrat --
Mississippi River: Steamboat blues --
Lower Mississippi: the absolute South --
New Orleans: the gumbo city --
Into the bayou: "Dat's how we roll" --
Central Louisiana: the unreconstructed South --
The Red River; heard of mudness --
Across the Sabine: "Gwine to Texas" --
Gulf Coast: oil and water --
Crockett, Texas: "The drift of things" in ruby-red America --
Austin and beyond: the Loon Star Republic --
San Antonio: high holy days at the Alamo --
German Texas: Olmsted in Arcadia --
The Hill Country: true to the Union --
Upper Guadalupe: and Absalom rode upon a mule --
To the Rio Grande: border disorder --
La Frontera: days of the dead --
Central Park ramble
Responsibility: Tony Horwitz

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The New York Times-bestselling final book by the beloved, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Tony Horwitz. With Spying on the South, the best-selling author of Confederates in the Attic returns to the South and the Civil War era for an epic adventure on the trail of America's greatest landscape architect. In the 1850s, the young Frederick Law Olmsted was adrift, a restless farmer and dreamer in search of a mission. He found it during an extraordinary journey, as an undercover correspondent in the South for the up-and-coming New York Times.For the Connecticut Yankee, pen name'Yeoman,'the South was alien, often hostile territory. Yet Olmsted traveled for 14 months, by horseback, steamboat, and stagecoach, seeking dialogue and common ground. His vivid dispatches about the lives and beliefs of Southerners were revelatory for readers of his day, and Yeoman's remarkable trek also reshaped the American landscape, as Olmsted sought to reform his own society by creating democratic spaces for the uplift of all. The result: Central Park and Olmsted's career as America's first and foremost landscape architect.Tony Horwitz rediscovers Yeoman Olmsted amidst the discord and polarization of our own time. Is America still one country? In search of answers, and his own adventures, Horwitz follows Olmsted's tracks and often his mode of transport (including muleback): through Appalachia, down the Mississippi River, into bayou Louisiana, and across Texas to the contested Mexican borderland. Venturing far off beaten paths, Horwitz uncovers bracing vestiges and strange new mutations of the Cotton Kingdom. Horwitz's intrepid and often hilarious journey through an outsized American landscape is a masterpiece in the tradition of Great Plains, Bad Land, and the author's own classic, Confederates in the Attic

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