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Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America

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"The periphery of a place can tell us a great deal about its heartland. along the edge of a nation's territory, its real prejudices, fears and obsessions - but also its virtues - irrepressibly bubble up as its people confront the 'other' whom they admire, or fear, or hold in contempt, and know little about. September 11, 2001, changed the United States utterly and nothing ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Knopf Canada
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Richard
Mar 03, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it
“Borderlands” is less about the intricacies and rush of distance motorcycle riding than about the historical antecedents that produced our current borders with Mexico and Canada and the current state of each vis-à-vis the US. I expected more about biking but quickly realized that Derek probably should have avoided motorcycles judging from some of the near misses with death that he recounts on his first outing from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific ocean. I do give him credit for exposing the ...more
Jason
Dec 15, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is exactly what you would expect from a travel narrative written by a guy riding a motorcycle. Lundy is a fantastic rider. Anyone that rides will understand some of Lundy’s insight and feelings about being on the road. Lundy has by far the best description of the feeling of riding that can be put into words, “The abandonment of constraint”. Could not have put it better myself. As I read through the text I felt like I really got to know Lundy, he does a fantastic job of reporting on what he ...more
Peter Roach
Apr 20, 2011 Peter Roach rated it it was ok
Derek can write, but as with some of his other books he tends to try and emulate other writers, as with this book. I think he was trying to do the "Zen and the Art of Mororcycle Maintenance" though with less Zen. I was surpised in his travels on the border with Manitoba/North Dakota he did not mention the one item that I feel really defines the border, and that is the dozen or so Nuclear Missle silos within 20 km of the border. In the USA of course, there are none in Canada. How could you miss ...more
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I enjoyed the travel sections more than the history sections.
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What a trip!
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“The periphery of a place can tell us a great deal about its heartland. Along the edge of a nation's territory, its real prejudices, fears and obsessions — but also its virtues — irrepressibly bubble up as its people confront the 'other' whom they admire, or fear, or hold in contempt, and know little about.” 0 likes
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