|A World Elsewhere: One Man's Fascination With the American Southwest|
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A World Elsewhere: One Man's Fascination With the American Southwest, by White, Jon Manchip. Thomas Y. Crowell Company: New York, 1975. Edition: First edition. ISBN: 0690007205. Hardcover, 320 pages. Brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Illustrated with black and white photographs and maps. Includes Index.
Condition: Near Fine in a Good Plus jacket. Jacket has three or four closed tears, the longest of which is 1/2 inch, and a few small chips at corners and margins.
Contents: From the jacket
Jon Manchip White has a perceptive eye and a gifted pen. His love affair with the Southwest -- encompassing the finest land, the biggest canyon, the highest mountains, the driest deserts, the hottest valley, the oldest towns, and the richest mines in the United States -- is as passionate as a love poem. In a lively and vivid style, he covers the region's rich history -- the Aztec and Mayan civilizations, the pueblo life, the Spanish and their influence, the Indians, the Anglo colonization -- and the varied types of Southwesterners of the recent past and present.
A WORLD ELSEWHERE could be described as a combined history and travelogue. Yet, that would be no more accurate than classifying the Sistine Chapel as an ornately decorated room. Maybe it takes a foreigner to appreciate the heritage and the natural wonders and the people of the United States. Jon Manchip White's brilliant portrait of the Southwest is one of unabashed fascination and, being also highly personal, is a perceptive appraisal of America and Americans as well.
The sixteen chapters of this delightful and insightful book are not titled, however the maps are, and they give a good flavor for what is covered in the book. The maps include:
One of many black and white photos of the people and locations of the Southwest.
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