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Around the World in 22 Books

Old Glory by Jonathan Raban
First published in 1981.
This edition by Picador.

Raban tackles the Mississippi River in a spartan sixteen-foot motorboat describing the river and the astonishingly varied lives of the people who live along its banks. Whether he is fishing for walleye or hunting coon, discussing theology in Prairie Du Chien or race relations in Memphis, he is an expert observer of the heartland's estrangement from America's capitals of power and culture, and its helpless nostalgia for its lost past.



Old Glory by Jonathan Raban

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