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From Sea to Shining Sea: Present-day Journey into America's Past

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Gavin Young' s North American odyssey took him from Central Park and the old Atlantic whaling ports all the way to a tiny cabin in the Yukon, where Jack London heard 'the call of the wild'. Whether sleuthing through riot-racked Los Angeles in the footsteps of Philip Marlowe, crossing the Arizona Desert on Route 66 like Steinbeck's Depression-era migrant workers or ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published February 28th 1995 by Hutchinson (first published 1995)
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Vikas Datta
Apr 26, 2015 Vikas Datta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvellous literary tour of America, of the stomping grounds of some of finest authors - Melville, Chandler, Steinbeck and London while some of the areas missed, especially the Deep South, Texas and the big sky country are compensated through following the footsteps of Gen. Sherman on his March through Georgia and then to the Sea, the defenders of the Alamo and the other fighters for Texas independence, and Lt.Col. Custer and the 7th Cavalry to Little Big Horn... Mr Young has a definite penchant ...more
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Aug 25, 2013 Jennannej rated it it was ok
A travel book more about books than travel.

What happens when a reader tries to write? This book. Brit Gavin Young set off across America, beginning in New England, working his way through the south, Texas, California, Montana and Alaska. For each section of his trip, he referred extensively to one or two books he had chosen to represent the area: Moby Dick, Travels With Charlie, The Call Of The Wild, etc. I didn't find the book to be particularly revealing or entertaining. I'd much rather read s
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Apr 24, 2013 Ruth Hannah rated it really liked it
I bought this from a second hand book stall purely because I had just finished another of his books (Slow Boat to China). This is an exploration into the history of the USA through its literature. It's extremely well written and difficult to put down.

Now at last I know what the Alamo is!
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Lit a fire of wanderlust in me. My love of history helped me sink my teeth in to the chapters regarding Nantucket, Howling Georgia, The Okies and Custer's Last Stand in particular.
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Gavin David Young (24 April 1928 – 18 January 2001) was a journalist and travel writer.

He was born in Bude, Cornwall, England. His father, Gavin Young, was a lieutenant colonel in the Welsh Guards. Daphne, his mother, was the daughter of Sir Charles Leolin Forestier-Walker, Bt, of Monmouthshire. Young spent most of his youth in Cornwall and South Wales. He graduated from Oxford University, where h
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