Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea by Erik ReeceUtopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea by Erik Reece

Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea

byErik Reece

Paperback | August 15, 2017

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For Erik Reece, life, at last, was good: he was newly married, gainfully employed, living in a creekside cabin in his beloved Kentucky woods. It sounded, as he describes it, "like a country song with a happy ending." And yet he was still haunted by a sense that the world--or, more specifically, his country--could be better. He couldn't ignore his conviction that, in fact, the good ol' USA was in the midst of great social, environmental, and political crises--that for the first time in our history, we were being swept into a future that had no future. Where did we--here, in the land of Jeffersonian optimism and better tomorrows--go wrong?

Rather than despair, Reece turned to those who had dared to imagine radically different futures for America. What followed was a giant road trip and research adventure through the sites of America's utopian communities, both historical and contemporary, known and unknown, successful and catastrophic. What he uncovered was not just a series of lost histories and broken visionaries but also a continuing and vital but hidden idealistic tradition in American intellectual history. Utopia Drive is an important and definitive reconstruction of that tradition. It is also, perhaps, a new framework to help us find a genuinely sustainable way forward.

" . an engaging exploration -- and example -- of the fruitful tunnel-visions of dreamers turned doers." - Publishers Weekly

Erik Reece is the author of Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness; Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia; and An American Gospel: On Family, History, and the Kingdom of God. He has also written for Harper's Magazine, The Nation, and Orion Magazine. He is currently the writer in residence at the University o...
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Title:Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical IdeaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:August 15, 2017Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374537011

ISBN - 13:9780374537012

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