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House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest

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Childs investigates the greatest "unsolved mystery" of the American Southwest. The Anasazi, the native peoples who by the 11th century converged on ... Show synopsis

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Reviews of House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest

Overall customer rating: 4.600
Dorothy  M
by Dorothy M on Apr 5, 2012

We have only been to Chaco Canyon once- back in the late 60's, but I have been fascinated with Native American culture ever since. This book is spellbinding- it tells of the author's search for long lost Pueblo sites in the canyons of New Mexico and the effect of long-term drought on the natives of ... More

desert7

Finally, a synthesis of info on the Anasazi

by desert7 on Aug 23, 2007

Tying together ruins in remote Sonora and Chihuahua with well known US National Parks, mixing interviews with archeologists and family adventures on the road, dredging information from obscure reports, Childs creates a fascinating explanation of the comings and goings of early Native people in the ... More

pwdogs

Both Good and Bad

by pwdogs on May 8, 2007

I have ambivalent feelings about this book. On the one hand, I love his style of writing! He has a real flair for imbuing his writing with the feel of a place! His descriptions are great- I loved where he was talking about the mechanical pumps used in the natural gas fields. He said something like ... More

charliejohnston

Great adventures

by charliejohnston on May 7, 2007

Craig Childs has done all the things that we who love the Southwest would dream of doing in his quest to find his place in the landscape while testing theories and ideas about ancient civilizations and their migration paths. He has discovered old Anasazi ruins, untouched for centuries. He has seen ... More

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