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The Last American Man
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Binding: Audio CD, Abridged edition
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
Weight: 0.01 pound
Dimension: H: 1 x L: 6.34 x W: 5.04 inches
ISBN 10: 1565116534
ISBN 13: 9781565116535
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Book Description:
What does it mean to be a man in modern America? Do men somehow better themselves when they leave civilization and head into the woods? The Last American Man is a cultural examination of contemporary American male identity and the uniquely American desire to return to the wilderness.

From the frontier West to American utopian communities, Elizabeth Gilbert has produced a history of American manhood as it has never been told before.

To illustrate her story, Gilbert uses the rich and fascinating case study of Eustace Conway, a man who has lived in the Appalachian Mountains since the age of 17. Conway has worked tirelessly to try to convince his fellow Americans to give up self destructive modern lifestyles and return with him to the primal sanctuary of the wilderness. He is a living metaphor that challenges all assumptions about what it is to be a modern man in America.

The Last American Man is at the same time an adventure saga and a thoughtful meditation on the relationship of man to the wilderness. It is also a reflection of masculine American identity in all its conflicting elements energy, isolation, narcissism, inventiveness, audacity, and destiny.

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