Borchard’s account offers a graphic, disturbing, and profoundly moving picture of life on Las Vegas’s streets, depicting the strategies that homeless men employ in order to survive, from the search for a safe place to sleep at night to the challenges of finding food, maintaining personal hygiene, and finding an acceptable place to rest during a long day on the street.
That such misery and desperation exist in the midst of Las Vegas’s hedonistic tourist economy and booming urban development is a cruel irony, according to the author, and it threatens the city’s future as a prime tourist destination. The book will be of interest to social workers, sociologists, anthropologists, politicians, and all those concerned about changing the misery on the street.
"Borchard allows his subjects to speak so that the reader can gain insight into what it is like to be homeless in Las Vegas. Given the elite perspective of much literature on homelessness, this is a remarkable thing to achieve." -American Anthropologist
"...a highly readable, serious book that addresses a serious problem and serves as a useful antidote." -H-Urban
"This is fieldwork at its most engrossing." -Contemporary Sociology
"...a very illuminating commentary on how complex pathways to homelessness are and, what a struggle it becomes to simply survive on a daily basis let alone escape the streets." -The Social Science Journal