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On trails

Author: Robert Moor, (Environmental journalist)
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2017. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Simon & Schuster trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others fade? What makes us follow or strike off on our own? Over the course of the next seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Named Person: Robert Moor, (Environmental journalist); Robert Moor, (Environmental journalist)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Moor, (Environmental journalist)
ISBN: 1476739234 9781476739236
OCLC Number: 962005553
Notes: "An exploration"--Cover.
Description: 340 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: An exploration
Responsibility: Robert Moor.

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"In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others fade? What makes us follow or strike off on our own? Over the course of the next seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders, hunted down long-lost Cherokee trails, and traced the origins of our road networks and the Internet. In each chapter, Moor interweaves his adventures with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing--combining the nomadic joys of Peter Matthiessen with the eclectic wisdom of Lewis Hyde's The Gift. Throughout, Moor reveals how this single topic--the oft-overlooked trail--sheds new light on a wealth of age-old questions: How does order emerge out of chaos? How did animals first crawl forth from the seas and spread across continents? How has humanity's relationship with nature and technology shaped the world around us? And, ultimately, how does each of us pick a path through life? With a breathtaking arc that spans from the dawn of animal life to the digital era, On Trails is a book that makes us see our world, our history, our species, and our ways of life anew"--Book jacket flap.

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