"Nature Shock" by Jon T. Coleman

Nature Shock Getting Lost in America Jon T. Coleman

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
13 Oct 2020
ISBN:
9780300227147
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
352 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
8 b-w illus.

The human species has a propensity for getting lost. The American people, inhabiting a mental landscape shaped by their attempts to plant roots and to break free, are no exception. In this engaging  book, environmental historian Jon Coleman bypasses the trailblazers so often described in American history to follow the strays and drifters who went missing.
 
From Hernando de Soto’s failed quest for riches in the American southeast to the recent trend of getting lost as a therapeutic escape from modernity, this book details a unique history of location and movement as well as the confrontations that occur when our physical and mental conceptions of space become disjointed. Whether we get lost in the woods, the plains, or the digital grid, Coleman argues that getting lost allows us to see wilderness anew and connect with generations across five centuries to discover a surprising and edgy American identity.

Jon T. Coleman is professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of two books, including Vicious: Wolves and Men in America, the winner of the W. Turrentine Jackson Award from the Western History Association.