The Last American Man

The Last American Man

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What does it mean to be a man in modern America? Do men somehow better themselves when they leave civilization and head into the woods? The Last American Man is a cultural examination of contemporary American male identity and the uniquely American desire to return to the wilderness.From the frontier West to American utopian communities, Elizabeth Gilbert has produced a history of American manhood as it has never been told before. To illustrate her story, Gilbert uses the rich and fascinating case study of Eustace Conway, a man who has lived in the Appalachian Mountains since the age of 17. Conway has worked tirelessly to try to convince his fellow Americans to give up self-destructive modern lifestyles and return with him to the primal sanctuary of the wilderness. He is a living metaphor that challenges all assumptions about what it is to be a modern man in America."The Last American Man" is at the same time an adventure saga and a thoughtful meditation on the relationship of man to the wilderness. It is also a reflection of masculine American identity in all its conflicting elements-energy, isolation, narcissism, inventiveness, audacity, and destiny.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 132.08 x 147.32 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0142428248
  • 9780142428245

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7,488 ratings
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