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On Trails : An Exploration (Hardcover) (Robert Moor)

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From a brilliant new literary voice, an astonishing exploration of how trails can help us understand the world—from insect pheromone trails to the Appalachian Trail, from neural pathways to the Internet.In 2009, Robert Moor thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. It was the culmination of a dream he’d held since childhood and the beginning of a journey that would lead him to investigate trails of all kinds—from tiny insect trails and neural pathways to sprawling buffalo trails, highway systems, even the internet. The result of his travels, On Trails, explores what unites these networks and reveals in turn how trails allow us to make sense of our world. This is a book that combines the nomadic joys ofA Walk in the Woods with the raw wisdom of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.Over the course of seven years, Moor travelled the globe, hiking from the Appalachians to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. He tracked down the world’s oldest trails, learned the tricks of master trail-builders and deer-hunters, visited elephant sanctuaries and tried his hand at herding sheep. In each chapter of this book, he combines a new adventure with a range of research, reaching into history, philosophy, science, psychology, and nature writing. Bit by bit, he shows how, by understanding the ways trails work, we can shed new light on age-old questions about how we live our lives: why we cooperate and why we stray; when to follow and when we lead; why some plans endure while others crumble into dust; why we set forth in the first place—and what we’re seeking.With a breathtaking arc that spans from the dawn of animal life to the digital era,On Trails is a stunningly original book. It offers new insight into the unseen worlds that surround us and an eye-opening perspective on humanity’s place within—and impact upon—this planet.
Number of Pages: 340
Genre: Nature, Travel, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Hiking
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author: Robert Moor
Language: English
Street Date: July 12, 2016
TCIN: 51449141
UPC: 9781476739212
Item Number (DPCI): 248-21-5345
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