The Sovereign Soil and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $11.90
  • Save: $0.59 (5%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Sovereign Soil has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: new comment
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $0.37
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Sovereign Soil Paperback – September 18, 2012


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$11.31
$11.31 $6.95
$11.31 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: R.P. Thead (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985961309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985961305
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,651,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

  • "...as a newly-minted 30-something who grew up in the heady days of seemingly limitless growth, I'm starting to see my life's progress approaching a crawl along with everyone else my age; in a way, the main characters are an allegory of the feelings of my generation."
  • Although he has written a work of fiction, Thead has realistically connected the dots between government regulators and the "rent-seekers" of Big Agriculture who use those regulations to expand their bottom line - and, who are squeezing the American Heartland in the process. 

About the Author

R.P. Thead's debut novel, "The Sovereign Soil," is a story of "family, farming and getting by in the Second Great Depression" as the characters deal with the defining issues of a generation. Although political in nature, "The Sovereign Soil" eschews the partisan anger and bitterness that has come to define our nation's politics and Washington, DC, where the author lives with his wife and two cats, and where the novel begins.
For more about R.P. Thead, and to read his other writings, visit rpthead.com

More About the Author

R.P. (Robert) Thead is project lead and editor of "Millennials Speak. Essays on the 21st Century," a crowdsourced and crowdfunded book. It is snapshot of the ideas and opinions global Millennial Generation. Twenty writers from five continents, a diverse mix of young academics, policy professionals, and future thought and creative leaders, covers topics from the legacy of the Arab Spring, the global food system, the U.S. student loan crisis, youth unemployment, to popular culture.

Thead lives and works in Washington, DC, with his wife and two cats.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
5
4 star
3
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 8 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lily Bart on September 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
A new generation adapts to a modern economic depression. The writer takes a hard look at his generation's options, or
lack of them. It is a well-researched plot that follows the financial and job-market issues facing the millennial generation,
and some of the older generation. I think The Sovereign Soil is a solid debut effort that entertains while detailing the
struggles of a generation just starting out. The author creates an alternate economic reality in a Second Great
Depression, while sparing the reader any apocalyptic overtones.

I learned a great deal about modern agriculture, regulation, rule-making and lobbying in Washington, DC. The author
does a good job at slipping in some pretty complex topics and economic/political concepts without bogging down the
plot (sometimes having "dumb" characters explain stuff). The story deals with topical concerns such as student loans
and affordable housing. An excellent read for insight into the under-30 generation. And, the author does a credible
job of keeping the book's theme, plot, and most of his characters, non-partisan.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David on November 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this book not really knowing what to expect. I was very pleased that the book was informative of a take on a possible future financial strain would put on the everyday family throughout the country. It takes the complicated concepts of world finance and does well to make them approachable and easy to understand for the more unfamiliar. A good quick read with being neither overly simplistic or bogged down in industry jargon. It reminded me of sitting on the porch back in grad school with a glass of whiskey talking about the potential future of the world with my roommate.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FLGardner on November 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Good alternate reality story of high unemployment, high student loans, and what the US could look like with a 2nd great depression given the current business regulatory climate, centered around a highly educated 20-somethings couple. The author does a good job making this book not about politics, but rather just tells the story. Character development is very good, and the characters are very intriuging. You are left wondering if you would make the same choices as the main characters in their very believable positions.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Young on October 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
New author Robert Thead uses the backdrop of both Washington DC and rural Alabama to set the stage for this somber, semi-dystopian novel about the heart and back-breaking reality that has become commonplace in today's American society: government and corporate growth in spite of the struggling everyman. Martin and his wife occupy both roles in this compelling story of rising above a crushing defeat, and coming to recognize the depth of a community's soul which has been crippled by elements beyond their control.

I truly enjoyed this book because as a newly-minted 30-something who grew up in the heady days of seemingly limitless growth, I'm starting to see my life's progress approaching a crawl along with everyone else my age; in a way, the main characters are an allegory of the feelings of my generation.

Love, family (functional or otherwise), the spirit of victory and agony of defeat are woven together in the story of Martin and his wife trying to rebuild their life and plant their metaphorical seeds of new growth in a tumultuous era of imbalanced American prosperity. I highly recommend this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again