The Adirondacks by Paul Schneider
A History of America's First Wilderness

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His book is a romance, a story of first love between Americans and a thing they call "wilderness." For it was in the Adirondacks that masses of non-Native Americans first learned to cherish the wilderness as a place of recreation and solace.

In this lyrical narrative history, the author reveals that the affair between Americans and the Adirondacks was by no means one of love at first sight. And even now, Schneider shows that Americans' relationship with the glorious mountains and rivers of the Adirondacks continues to change. As in every good romance, nothing is as simple as it appears.

About Paul Schneider

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Paul Schneider lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, and New York City. He writes for Harper's, Mirabella (where he works paret-time as deputy editor), and The New York Times Magazine.
Published May 15, 1997 by Henry Holt and Co.. 384 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Travel. Non-fiction

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The history of geologic thought was in part minted here, wilderness guides were mythologized here, John Brown (of Brown University) held a big claim here, and a later John Brown's body lies moldering in his grave on the small stake he owned there.

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Noting that since Europeans arrived on the continent, the ""meaning and value of `wilderness' has been in flux,"" journalist Schneider focuses in his first book on what people have done to the vast region now comprising the Adirondacks Park.

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A cross between ballad and pulp fiction, the book is a close encounter with killers at play.” Paul is the author, most recently, of Bonnie and Clyde: the Lives Behind the Legend, (Henry Holt, 2009), which t...

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