By Louis L'Amour
From his determination to depart university at fifteen to roam the realm, to his reminiscences of existence as a hobo at the Southern Pacific Railroad, as a livestock skinner in Texas, as a service provider seaman in Singapore and the West Indies, and as an itinerant bare-knuckled prizefighter throughout small-town the United States, here's Louis L'Amour's memoir of his lifelong love affair with learning--from books, from yondering, and from a few notable males and women--that formed him as a storyteller and as a guy. Like vintage L'Amour fiction, Education of a Wandering Man mixes actual frontier drama--such because the author's determined efforts to outlive a surprising two-day trek around the blazing Mojave desert--with true-life characters like Shanghai waterfront toughs, barren region prospectors, and cowboys whom Louis L'Amour met whereas touring the globe. eventually, in his personal phrases, this can be a tale of a distinct existence lived to the fullest . . . a lifestyles that encouraged the books that would perpetually let us to relive our excellent frontier historical past.
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