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 belief of wasteland, 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 used to be solid and its future set in motion.

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

Stark trips into the nice wild to 4 of the emptiest expanses he can find—northern Maine, valuable Pennsylvania, the Gila barren region of latest Mexico, and southeast Oregon—and in so doing weaves jointly an impressive and dramatic story of frontiersmen and combatants, naturalists and philosophers, émigrés and natives. yet he additionally is going past that, acknowledging to a few of the good minds that first framed our courting to the desert that may turn 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 brilliant new approach, a story that offers an unforgettable window into our country’s prior and current.

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