Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border

Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border

by Porter Fox

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Overview

“Romantic, urgent, valuable and appealing as hell.” —Andrew McCarthy, New York Times Book Review

Writer Porter Fox spent three years exploring 4,000 miles of the border between Maine and Washington, traveling by canoe, freighter, car, and foot. In Northland, he blends a deeply reported and beautifully written story of the region’s history with a riveting account of his travels. Setting out from the easternmost point in the mainland United States, Fox follows explorer Samuel de Champlain’s adventures across the Northeast; recounts the rise and fall of the timber, iron, and rail industries; crosses the Great Lakes on a freighter; and traces the forty-ninth parallel from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean. He weaves in his encounters with residents, border guards, Indian activists, and militia leaders to give a dynamic portrait of the northland today, wracked by climate change, water wars, oil booms, and border security.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393357097
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 149,417
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Porter Fox is the editor of Nowhere and the author of Deep. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Believer, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, and The Best American Travel Writing. Raised in Maine, he lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Part I The Dawnland 1

Part II The Sweet-Water Seas 55

Part III Boundary Waters 107

Part IV Seven Fires 143

Part V The Medicine Line 187

Acknowledgments 227

A Note on Sources 229

Index 233

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