The Inland Ground

The Inland Ground

by Richard Rhodes


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Inland Ground is Richard Rhodes's first book. It was published quietly in 1970 to critical acclaim (The New York Times Book Review named it one of the best books of the year) but few sales. In the two decades that followed, Rhodes published ten more books, including A Hole in the World, Farm, and The Making of the Atomic Bomb, for which he won the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Yet, Rhodes contends, some of his best writing is collected here, in Inland Ground, sixteen essays that evoke the Middle West, on topics that range from coyote hunting to the Mayo Clinic. For this updated edition Rhodes has chosen the twelve best of his early pieces, combined them with four new essays, and added a spare, forceful preface.

Author Biography: Richard Rhodes received both the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize for The Making of the Atomic Bomb. He is the author of Why They Kill and A Hole in the the World: An American Boyhood. He grew up in Kansas City and Independence, Missouri, and now lives in Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780840052605
Publisher: B&N Distribution
Publication date: 10/01/1991

Table of Contents

1. The Inland Ground: An Introduction
2. Some Forebears
-Thomas Jefferson
-Josiah Gregg
-Henry Chatillon
-William Hornaday's Wonders
3. The Farther Continent of James Clyman
4. Fulton, Missouri: Signs and Wonders
5. How I Rode With Harold Lewis on a Diesel Freight Train Down to Gridley, Kansas, and Back
6. Harry's Last Hurrah
7. Behold, How Good and Pleasant it is for Brethren to Dwell Together in Unity
8. Death All Day
9. Cupcake Land
10. Wheat
11. An Artist in Iron
12. Watching the Animals
13. A Scientific Cooperation for the Welfare of the Sick
14. A Friend's Suicide
15. An Excursion on the Prairie
16. The Community of True Inspiration

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