The Last Great American Hobo Examines the life of Blackie a hobo for sixty years as he chooses to defend his life on the banks of the Sacramento and fight America s changing attitude toward the homeless By the authors of And Th

  • Title: The Last Great American Hobo
  • Author: Dale Maharidge
  • ISBN: 9781559582995
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Examines the life of Blackie, a hobo for sixty years, as he chooses to defend his life on the banks of the Sacramento and fight America s changing attitude toward the homeless By the authors of And Their Children After Them.

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    About "Dale Maharidge"

    1. Dale Maharidge

      I m a professor at Columbia University s Graduate School of Journalism I ve published ten books, including And Their Children After Them, which won the 1990 non fiction Pulitzer Prize The most recent is Bringing Mulligan Home The Other Side of the Good War PublicAffairs Before that I released the paperback edition of Someplace Like America Tales from the New Great Depression University of California Press , with a foreword by Bruce Springsteen My books are all thematically connected, I believe, rooted in my curiosity about America and who we are as a people I ve documented the economic crisis since the 1980s For working people, there is no other way to describe it If you want, check out the afterword I wrote for the paperback of Someplace Like America I reported in Detroit for it and I found some very interesting things there that raises questions about where we are going as a country.I spent the first 15 years of my career as a newspaperman, working in Cleveland and Sacramento I also taught at Stanford University for 10 years, in the Department of Communication.

    470 thoughts on “The Last Great American Hobo”

    1. This book was a lucky find at booksale The book is reportage of a 10 year immersion journalism in the fast fading world of the railroad hobo. It centers around "Blackie," thought to be last of his breed of traveling people, and other characters in their camp along the Sacramento River at a time when big money development wanted everything necessary to rebuild the city.Dale Maharidge is listed as prime author, but the pictures by Micheal Williamson really deserve first billing. Both of these guys [...]


    2. This is as much a look at river people and hoboes in West Sacramento circa 1990 as it is a musing on how capitalism in a America affects its skeptics.


    3. To start, I never really understood why this book was titled The Last Great American Hobo. It's a nice title, but I never felt it was the best title for the book. It's a rather romantic title, and the book tries to resist romanticizing and mythologizing the hobo life. So, I don't get it. Moving on now.This was an interesting read; Dale Maharidge writes a nice account of his interactions with Blackie and the other hobos and homeless River People. The story is an interesting one, though at times I [...]


    4. This was my first read from the several Michael Williamson and Dale Maharidge collaborations and this book falls in the middle of their works. I liked the writing style of Maharidge as well as the photographs from Williamson. The first third of the book is text of their story of "Blackie" and his gradual defense against authorities of his hobo camp and lifestyle from around 1989-1992. The last two thirds includes black and white photographs by Williamson along with captions to describe the story [...]


    5. Dry reading, sadly. The photos are cool, some of the writing just seems forced, but given the subject matter, I can see where getting "a story" would be tough. Still a great read


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