From the High Sierra to the Adirondacks and the Everglades, Dan White travels the nation to experience firsthand - and sometimes face-first - how the American wilderness transformed from the devil's playground into a source of adventure, relaxation, and renewal.
Whether he's camping nude in cougar country, being attacked by wildlife while "glamping", or crashing a girls-only adventure for urban teens, White seeks to animate the evolution of outdoor recreation. In the process he demonstrates how the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, Roosevelt, and Muir - along with visionaries such as Adirondack Murray, Horace Kephart, and Juliette Gordon Low - helped blaze a trail from transcendentalism to "leave no trace".
Wide ranging in research, enthusiasm, and geography, Under the Stars reveals a vast population of nature seekers, a country still in love with its wild places.
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"Dan White provides not only the history of camping, but also the present marked always by a love for the wild places that remain." (Bill McKibben, author of Wandering Home)
I'm not sure that it is the best bar none best book this year, but it's definitely the best non-fiction book for me. An excellent overview by a knowledgable author who loves his subject.
Drones on toward then end. Historical m portion of camping was a great listen, but 1st hand account of camping may be better for a city dweller who longs to someday camp.
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