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Appalachian Wilderness: The Great Smoky Mountains
Here is a majestic portrait of the Appalachians -- from the wonders of its natural beauty to its fascinating history. In 48 Full-color Photographs of veiled mountains, lush woodlands, rushing highland streams, and fields of dazzling wildflowers, Eliot Porter captures the extraordinary beauty of the Smoky Mountains and the surrounding wilderness. Edward Abbey's text, filled ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published November 28th 2010 by Bristol Park Books
(first published 1970)
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I chose to read this based on the fact that the natural and cultural history of the Great Smoky Mountains was written by the enviro-anarchist Edward Abbey. He didn't disappoint either. You get the sense that you, too, are there on Clingman's Dome, seeing before you the history of the region from pre-historic times through the Trail of Tears and on to Horace Kephart's "Our Southern Highlanders". Oh, and the photos are very pretty, too.
Appalachian Wilderness: The Great Smoky Mountains by Eliot Porter (text by Edward Abbey) (Bristol Park Books 2010)(917.68) Brilliant photos by Eliot Porter and text by the legendary Edward Abbey of "Monkey Wrench Gang" fame make this portrait of the Great Smokies memorable. The history of people in Appalachia through the present day is presented. My rating: 4/10, finished 2/8/2011.