In answering some of these and other questions, the book could have been better.
Raban's style of story telling is relaxed and detail oriented, but once I'm into it, it has a life of its own....the writing is just incandescent.
Raban tells a great story of how homesteaders were lured from eastern cities to the Great Plains by the railroad interests.
Raban at his best, superb writing, insightful, rich and rewarding read. Having grown up in Spokane, this book resonated with me, recalled stories and places I had long forgotten,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JVF
As my wife considered a drive into eastern Montana, a friend who knows this part of the country told us this is an important book to read. We both read it. We both enjoyed it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James C. Casterline
This book deals with Americana and the railroads desire to bring boom towns into the areas around the new railroads going west across the prairies. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jo
Raban has turned in a tour de force narrative of immigrants to the high plains of Montana and North Dakota in the first decades of the twentieth century. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kylo Ginsberg
I thought this was going to be more of a historical approach to the settlement of the Badlands in North Dakota and Montana. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dana Keish
The prose is outstanding. The subject revealed my desolate and often desperate nature of those early settlers. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Kato
I usually don't like these kinds of books and thought it'd be boring but it was actually quite fascinating. Read morePublished 10 months ago by C. Sanderson
Bad Land describes the attempts to make a living on highly questionable land. The federal government and railroad companies would benefit by having settlers in this region - more... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Chris Gregory
really enjoyed this book as I have been in some of these areas in Montana. The writing is very good and his approach, by focusing on a different topic in each chapter adds... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amanda Cater