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Land : how the hunger for ownership shaped the modern world / Simon Winchester.

Winchester, Simon, (author.).

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Hendrum LINK Site 333.3 WIN (Text) 33500013336318 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library 333.3 WIN (Text) 33500013336300 New Available -
Warroad Public Library 333.3 WIN (Text) 35500006466757 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062938336
  • ISBN: 0062938339
  • Physical Description: xiii, 446 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-427) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Uncommon ground -- Borderlines -- Annals of acquisition -- Stewardship -- Battlegrounds -- Annals of restoration -- Yet now the land is drowning.
Summary, etc.:
Explores the concept of land ownership and how it has shaped history, examining how people fight over, steward, and occasionally share land, and what humanity's proprietary relationship with land means for the future.
"Land examines in depth how we determine where the land lies, how we acquire it, how we steward it, how and why we fight over it, and, finally, how we can, and on occasion do, come to share it. Ultimately, Winchester confronts the essential questions: who actually owns the world's land, how much of it do we really need, and why does it matter?" -- Inside front jacket flap.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 December #1
    Nonfiction star Winchester (The Perfectionists, 2018) tackles an enormous topic, writing about nothing less than all of the land in the world. Starting with his own purchase of some acreage in Connecticut about 20 years ago, he takes readers on a dizzying journey into land ownership, theft, mapping, exploration, conflict, pollution, overdevelopment, and, in the final pages, the increasing land loss now underway due to rising sea levels. Winchester sweeps through history, name drops with abandon, and does his best to make writing about it all look effortless. The problem is not of the size of the subject but his insistence on addressing so much of it. Readers learn of the problematic results of the artificial India-Pakistan border, the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run, the incarceration of Japanese Americans, battles in Belfast, threats from Russia, radioactive contamination in Colorado, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and on and on. Expect elegant sentences, intriguing profiles (although sorely lacking in women), and a genial narrator who wanders wherever his curiosity takes him. Be prepared for a very wide-ranging ride. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Land tenure > History.
Land tenure > Law and legislation > History.
Land use > History.
Land use > Law and legislation > History.
World history.
Nature > Effect of human beings on > History.

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