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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.

©2016 Daniel White (P)2016 Tantor

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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)

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Best book 2016

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.

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Tries to carry on longer than necessary.

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.