The Early American Wilderness: As the Explorers Saw It

Bill Lawrence, Author Paragon House Publishers $23.95 (245p) ISBN 978-1-55778-145-1
Lawrence ( A Social History of America ) here vividly recreates the New World from its early explorations through the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806. Using explorers' journals and other writings, the author sketches portraits of de Soto, Coronado, La Salle et al. against a landscape of pristine forests, unsubdivided deserts and unmined mountains, peopled by Native Americans and teeming with wild plants and animals. Comprehensive and sobering, with a sometimes overwhelming mass of detail, Lawrence's message rings clear: humans must stop their destructive course and establish a better balance between their needs and those of nature. Illustrations not seen by PW . (July)
Reviewed on: 07/01/1991
Release date: 07/01/1991
Hardcover - 245 pages - 978-1-56924-870-6
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