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Written by William R. LeachAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by William R. Leach

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: May 30, 2000
  • Price: $14.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-75865-5 (0-679-75865-8)
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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 in the last fifteen years.

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.