Bad Land

Jonathan Raban

06 June 1997
336 pages


Jonathan Raban takes you on an enthralling journey into the least populated and least known region in the United States, the Great Plains of Montana, and finds there the heart and soul of the country.

Bringing to life the extraordinary landscape of the prairie and the homesteaders whose dreams foundered there, and reaching through history to the present day, Bad Land uncovers the dangerous legacy of American innocence gone sour.

'Bad Land should be recognized as a blazing classic' – Sunday Telegraph

Raban's journey, made through empty landscaped that once brimmed with optimism, reveals what happened when American innocence begins to curdle. The tale, borne along by its superlative writing, is a riveting one.
Bad Land should be recognized as a blazing classic.