Colby Buzzell has always been a loner. An autodidact who never
went to college, he was dubbed "the voice of a generation" by
Robert Kurson for his daring and critically acclaimed book, My War:
Killing Time in Iraq. Half a decade later, overwhelmed by the birth
of his son and the death of his mother, Buzzell finds himself
rudderless. Desperate to escape the constraints of his postwar
existence, he packs his things, gets in the car, and, for five
months, drives across America--no map, no destination.
In his 1965 Mercury Comet, Buzzell travels through the bowels of
a country steeped in economic turmoil and political malaise. With a
bottle of whisky in one hand and a pack of cigarettes in the other,
he takes us on a tour of big-box stores, grimy gas stations,
abandoned warehouses, strip clubs, and flophouses. He captures the
distinct voices and vivid stories of a forgotten America--Cheyenne,
Omaha, Salt Lake City, Des Moines, Detroit, and San Francisco's
Tenderloin. Buzzell unearths America's bones in all their beauty
and starkness. And like the veterans of Hemingway's Lost
Generation, he struggles to reconcile his wanderlust with his
responsibilities as a man and a father.
Lost in America is a stunning account of the ravages of war on
one individual. It also reveals deep truths about a more universal
journey: the struggle to find our place in the world--without a
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