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From Sea to Shining Sea A Present Day Journey into America's Past by Gavin Young

From Sea to Shining Sea A Present Day Journey into America's Past


From Sea to Shining Sea A Present Day Journey into America's Past by Gavin Young

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 searching for the characters of Cannery Row in Monterey, Young brilliantly uses the past to illuminate the present. 'Gavin Young is perpetually inquisitive, racially colour-blind, intrepid, reflective and gregarious ... plainly a man in a million, and a writer in two.' Bernard Levin 'He catches the mind's eye of the reader very deftly ... and, without losing his sense of irony, gives us a genuine account of the tragedy and the pathos, as well as the optimism and bravery, that created American civilization.' Christoper Hitchens, Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Gavin Young (1929-2001) was a journalist, writer, and briefly a member of MI6. As a journalist, he was most associated with the Observer, being in the words of Mark Frankland's obituary 'a star foreign correspondent'. When disenchantment with journalism set in he turned to the writing of books. The two most famous ones are Slow Boats to China and its sequel Slow Boats Home. He himself had a particular affection for two later books In Search of Conrad (winner of the Thomas Cook Book Award) and A Wavering Grace. These and Beyond Lion Rock, From Sea to Shining Sea, Return to the Marshes and Worlds Apart are all being reissued in Faber Finds.

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Publication date

18th June 2009


Gavin Young

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Faber & Faber


312 pages


Travel writing
History of the Americas



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