Serious readers and writers who are interested in the vast possibilities of the essay style should read this book.
His explanation of the Yucca Mountain controversy was the most enlightening I have read, making a complicated political football perfectly understandable.
The habitation of Las Vegas, and subsequent development of every square inch of it, even with its notable lack of water, is just one such example.
Excellent writing and purchased as a gift for a friend who asked about it. He too enjoyed reading it and told me so.Published 6 months ago by Gerald Palladino
Quite a feat of virtuosity, D'Agata managed to capture disparate parts of Las Vegas like in gossamer prose and instill a wonder for the city that is at once mysterious and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Peter K. Eriksson
About a Mountain documents D'Agata's attempt, while temporarily living in Las Vegas, to reckon with two forbidding bodies of fact: those surrounding the U.S. Read morePublished 18 months ago by E Harris
On its surface, this book is a study of what went wrong with the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project in Nevada, but as the author gets sucked deeper and deeper into that study, he... Read morePublished 22 months ago by L.S. Federer
The Yucca Mountain situation is yet another example of the stupidity and shortsightedness of politicians and policy-makers. Thankfully the project was recently cancelled. Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by Miles
American culture has rarely emphasized harmony with nature; that's a relatively recent notion, dwarfed by many decades of attempting to form nature to our wills. Read morePublished on June 4, 2011 by HMU123
This is a fantastic book, a wonderful example of how to be innovative with non-fiction. It intertwines histories, sciences, arts, and psyches to mirror and problematize a... Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by Reader
Being a native of Southern Nevada, I totally agree with the premise that Yucca Mountain is a REALLY bad idea and a rogue project at best. Read morePublished on March 18, 2011 by peregrine
I think there are two types of nonfiction writers in the world, represented by two writers: John McPhee and Dave Eggers. Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Sam H.