9780252031014

In the Sierra Madre

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  • ISBN13:

    9780252031014

  • ISBN10:

    0252031016

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-10-09
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
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Summary

The Sierra Madre--no other mountain range in the world possesses such a ring of intrigue. In the Sierra Madre is a groundbreaking and extraordinary memoir that chronicles the astonishing history of the one of the most famous, yet unknown regions in the world. Based on his one-year sojourn among the Raramuri/Tarahumara, award-winning journalist Jeff Biggers offers a rare look into the ways of the most resilient indigenous culture in the Americas, the exploits of Mexican mountaineers, and the fascinating parade of argonauts and accidental travellers that has journeyed into the Sierra Madre over centuries. From African explorers, Bohemian friars, Confederate and Irish war deserters, French poets, Boer and Russian commandos, Apache and Mennonite communities, bewildered archaeologists, addled writers, and legendary characters including Antonin Artaud, B. Traven, Sergei Eisenstein, George Patton, Geronimo and Pancho Villa, Biggers uncovers the remarkable treasures of the Sierra Madre.

Author Biography

Jeff Biggers has worked as a writer, radio correspondent and educator across the United States, Europe, Mexico and India. Winner of the American Book Award, he is the author of The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture and Enlightenment to America.

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