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The Thoreau You Don't Know: The Father of Nature Writers on the Importance of Cities, Finance, and Fooling Around (Paperback)
Robert Sullivan, the New York Times bestselling author of Rats and Cross Country, delivers a revolutionary reconsideration of Henry David Thoreau for modern readers of the seminal transcendentalist. Dispelling common notions of Thoreau as a lonely eccentric cloistered at Walden Pond, Sullivan (whom the New York Times Book Review calls "an urban Thoreau") paints a dynamic picture of Thoreau as the naturalist who founded our American ideal of "the Great Outdoors;" the rugged individual who honed friendships with Ralph Waldo Emerson and other writers; and the political activist who inspired Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and other influential leaders of progressive change. You know Thoreau is one of America's legendary writers...but the Thoreau you don't know may be one of America's greatest heroes.
Praise for Cross Country: “Sullivan takes us on a propulsive ride...By book’s end, you’ll feel pleasantly tripped out...wide-eyed at all the sights you’ve seen along the way.”A-
Praise for Cross Country: “Sullivan adopts the mantle of an urban Thoreau.”
-New York Times Book Review
Praise for Cross Country: “’Cross Country’ is, by turns, grand, timely, intriguing...fascinating.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review
Praise for Cross Country: “Sullivan is everybody’s dad on a long cross-country car trip -- setting schedules, getting lost and trying to make the whole experience educational.”