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Continental Divide : A History of American Mountaineering (Hardcover) (Maurice Isserman)
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Mountains have had an outsized impact on American identity: the Rockies and Tetons pulled us westward toward Manifest Destiny; the Catskills and Appalachians stirred the transcendentalists; and Yosemite inspired the early environmental conservationists. Continental Divide tells this gripping history through four centuries of landmark climbs and thrilling first ascents.With an incredible cast—including Lewis and Clark, Thoreau and Emerson, John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt, Jack Kerouac and Gary Snyder, Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld—Continental Divide explores the rivalries that developed between daring, upstart climbers from the West, especially the Sierra Club, and their more traditional, upper-class eastern counterparts. Describing epic campaigns from Mt. Washington to Denali, Maurice Isserman traces the evolving social, cultural, and political roles mountains played in shaping the country, and he describes how American mountaineers forged a “brotherhood of the rope,” modeled on America’s unique democratic self-image.
Number of Pages: 436
Genre: Sports + Recreation, Biography + Autobiography
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Author: Maurice Isserman
Street Date: April 25, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-07-4477
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