Atlas of a Lost World
From the author of Apocalyptic Planet comes a vivid travelogue through prehistory. that traces the arrival of the first people in North America at least twenty thousand years ago and the artifacts that tell of their lives and fates.In Atlas of a Lost World. Craig Childs upends our notions of where these people came from and who they were. How they got here. persevered. and ultimately thrived is a story that resonates from the Pleistocene to our modern era. The lower sea levels of the Ice Age exposed a vast land bridge between Asia and North America. but the land bridge was not the only way across. Different people arrived from different directions and not all at the same time.The first explorers of the New World were few. their encampments fleeting. The continent they reached had no people but was inhabited by megafauna-mastodons. giant bears. mammoths. saber-toothed cats. five-hundred-pound panthers. enormous bison. and sloths that stood one story tall
Autor: Niall Leonard
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To You We Shall Return
„Grandmother. you who listen and hear all. you from whom all good things come…It is your embrace we feel when we return to you…” This traditional Lakota prayer to Grandmother Earth opens Joseph Marshall III’s newest work. a meditation on our connection to the land and an exhortation to respect it. Using a combination of personal anecdote. detailed history. and Lakota tales. Marshall takes us back to his childhood and shows us how we. too. can learn to love our planet. Although he was educated in Euro-American schools. Marshall had the benefit of growing up with wise grandparents who taught him never to walk a path without knowing the trail from which he’d come: that the bow does not make the hunter. and above all. that the earth can be boundlessly generous-if we can learn to accept its gifts. Part memoir. part cultural manifesto. To You We Shall Return offers a comparison between Euro-American attitudes. policies. and history regarding the natural environment to that of ancient native North American beliefs and practices in relating to and living with that same environment. Speaking from the cultural viewpoint of the Lakota of the northern Plains. the author discusses the evolution of native cultures to fit within the environment and adapt to it. as opposed to changing it drastically or wholesale to fit human needs and comforts. He suggests that changing our contemporary thinking in relating to the earth in a less harmful way does not mean a drastic change in lifestyles. but that revisiting the methods of adaptation to and coexistence with the earth will foster a renewed respect which will ultimately benefit mankind as well.
Autor: Joseph M. Marshall III
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At twenty-six. Bushrod Carter is already an old soldier. a veteran of all his regiment’s campaigns since Shiloh. Now. on an Indian summer afternoon in 1864. Bushrod finds himself in the line of battle once again. on a plain below the obscure village of Franklin. Tennessee. In the madness and violence of the great battle. he must confront his soul and learn from his comrades as well as from a young girl struggling with her own harsh past. This timeless portrait of a young man’s suffering in war has won praise for its originality and power. The Black Flower is a story not only of war but of men and women seeking redemption. Stripped of all that anchors them. they at last turn to honor. courage. and love.
Autor: Howard Bahr
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