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The Last Empty Places: A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map

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Americans have shaped the idea of wilderness, and it has shaped us. The Last Empty Places is one man’s love letter to the enduring American wild, where our country’s character was forged and its destiny set in motion.

Memories of growing up in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods inspired writer Peter Stark to seek out untouched tracts of the American wilderness. What he discovered in these “blank spots” on the U.S. map is that these places are actually teeming with the rich history of our nation.

Stark journeys into the great wild to four of the emptiest expanses he can find—northern Maine, central Pennsylvania, the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico, and southeast Oregon—and in so doing weaves together a majestic and dramatic tale of frontiersmen and fighters, naturalists and philosophers, émigrés and natives. But he also goes beyond that, acknowledging to some of the great minds that first framed our relationship to the wilderness that would become our home—passionate thinkers and writers including Thoreau, Emerson, and John Muir.

The result is a narrative that blends nature and history in a vivid new way, a tale that provides an unforgettable window into our country’s past and present.

Synopsis:

For readers of both travel and history, Stark explores the blank spots on the U.S. map, weaving together riveting American history, a wonderful contemporary travelogue, and a deeply engaging examination of the history of wilderness.

About the Author

Peter Stark is the author of Last Breath and At the Mercy of the River. He is a freelance writer, a correspondent for Outside, and has written for Smithsonian and The New Yorker. He has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and has written a collection of essays, Driving to Greenland. He is the editor of an anthology of writing about the Arctic titled Ring of Ice.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345495372
Subtitle:
A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
Stark, Peter
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Wilderness
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20100525
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 MAPS
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.55 x 1 in 1.375 lb

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History and Social Science » Americana » General
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Travel » Travel Writing » General

The Last Empty Places: A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map
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"Synopsis" by , For readers of both travel and history, Stark explores the blank spots on the U.S. map, weaving together riveting American history, a wonderful contemporary travelogue, and a deeply engaging examination of the history of wilderness.
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