Imperial (book)

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First edition cover
Author William T. Vollmann
Country United States
Language English
Genre Literary non-fiction
Publisher Viking Books
Publication date
July 2009
Media type Print (hardcover & paperback)
Pages 1344 (first edition)
ISBN 978-0-670-02061-4

Imperial is a 2009 study of south-east California by American author William T. Vollmann. The product of over a decade's research, the 1,344-page published text is Vollmann's longest single-volume work. The book is divided into thirteen sections and explores the history, economics and geography of the region from 13,000 B.C. to the present day, with a particular focus on the border with Mexico.

Vollmann has called Imperial "my Moby-Dick".[1]