The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea: Monuments, Missteps, and the Audacity of Ambition

The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea Monuments Missteps and the Audacity of Ambition We ve been building and making things ever since we stumbled out of Paradise Some of those things are incredible continuations of God s creation while others are nothing but ambitious catastrophes We

  • Title: The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea: Monuments, Missteps, and the Audacity of Ambition
  • Author: Russell Rathbun
  • ISBN: 9780802873651
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We ve been building and making things ever since we stumbled out of Paradise Some of those things are incredible continuations of God s creation, while others are nothing but ambitious catastrophes We continue making, says Russell Rathbun, but we ve lost ourselves in the process So how do we find ourselves again rebuild our connections to each other, the earth, maybe evWe ve been building and making things ever since we stumbled out of Paradise Some of those things are incredible continuations of God s creation, while others are nothing but ambitious catastrophes We continue making, says Russell Rathbun, but we ve lost ourselves in the process So how do we find ourselves again rebuild our connections to each other, the earth, maybe even God In search of an answer, Rathbun drives cross country to the Salton Sea and takes a trip to China s Great Wall, interspersing his traveling revelations with engaging musings on Madame Mao s Gang of Four, Grandpa Webb s family secret, the Great Flood and the Tower of Babel, and a host of other subjects that grab his attention With cheeky wit and sharp insight, Rathbun uncovers a way of finding ourselves and the deep connections we long for in an increasingly complex world.

    One thought on “The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea: Monuments, Missteps, and the Audacity of Ambition”

    1. The author's voice is witty and sardonic, but also warm and delighted by human folly. He plays with pop culture, biblical, and historical references with equal ease. This was a fun book.

    2. One of the joys of being recently retired is finally working my way through the stack of books I've been meaning to read. Since a friend sent me this book a while back, I decided to start with it. Wow. What a wonderful book. The author's voice is warm, playful, and sarcastic at turns. It reminds me of the best writing in The New Yorker. There I often encounter pieces that on the surface don't interest me but in which the writing is so good I am compelled to keep reading. Rathbun's writing is tha [...]

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