The Last Empty Places: A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map

The Last Empty Places: A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map

Peter Stark


americans have formed the assumption of desert, and it has formed us. The final Empty Places is one man’s love letter to the iconic American wild, the place our country’s personality was once solid and its future set in motion.

Memories of becoming up in a log cabin within the Wisconsin woods encouraged author Peter Stark to search out untouched tracts of the yank barren region. What he stumbled on in those “blank spots” at the U.S. map is that those locations are literally teeming with the wealthy historical past of our nation.

Stark trips into the nice wild to 4 of the emptiest expanses he can find—northern Maine, important Pennsylvania, the Gila desolate tract of latest Mexico, and southeast Oregon—and in so doing weaves jointly an impressive and dramatic story of frontiersmen and warring parties, naturalists and philosophers, émigrés and natives. yet he additionally is going past that, acknowledging to a couple of the good minds that first framed our courting to the desolate tract that may develop into our home—passionate thinkers and writers together with Thoreau, Emerson, and John Muir.

The result's a story that blends nature and historical past in a bright new manner, a story that gives an unforgettable window into our country’s prior and current.

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