Book Reviews
The Pedestrian - Weston (1862)
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Sunday, 08 November 2009 17:25

weston-headA digest of Edward Payson Weston's "The Pedestrian," compiled by Charlie Duane

Serving also as a table of contents, the title page says:

"The Pedestrian, being a correct journal of incidents on a walk from the State House, Boston, MA to the U.S. Capitol at Washington, DC, performed in ten consecutive days between February 22nd and March 4th, 1861. By Edward Payson Weston. Also, an account of his adventures while walking in disguise through Baltimore, MD at the commencement of the Rebellion [Civil War] of 1861; together with the plans of his intended walk in May, 1862 from Washington to Boston in eight consecutive days."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2009 22:59
Racewalk Like A Champion - Salvage
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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 14:46

"Racewalk Like A Champion" by Jeff Salvage   c.2004

This book may be one of the best books on walking that I have ever read.

Jeff Salvage writes from experience as a competitive racewalker, computer science professor and author of several college textbooks. As a result his insights are spot-on precise, cleanly articulated, and illustrated with color photographs of the highest calibre.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2009 08:56
Racing Light review - Patton
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Sunday, 10 May 2009 19:33

Linda PattonLinda Patton's review of "Racing Light, the Soft Power of a Day's Walk."  

Linda worked for 25 years as reference librarian for the Strozier Library at Florida State University.  She hikes avidly and maintains the Books For Hikers website.  This review first appeared in the Spring 2009 ALDHA newsletter.

Charlie Duane is a gifted writer, photographer and graphic artist whose photos reside in the National Archives and whose racing boat graphics have been displayed by the Smithsonian. His talents with words and photography are given another home in the pages of his book, Racing Light.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2009 08:25
King of the Peds - Marshall
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Wednesday, 28 January 2009 17:38

King of the Peds, hand illustration oneKing of the Peds by P. S. Marshall

During the late 19th century, there flourished a remarkable mania for walking contests.  The sports of baseball and tennis were just being invented, American football had not arrived, and basketball had not been thought of.  Yet a public fascination with walking exploits was being fed by newspaper reports from America, England, Australia, and New Zealand.

King of the Peds documents the professional sport of walking between 1860 and 1880.  This massive book (752 pages, measuring 8 x 11 x 1.5 inches) cannot be taken lightly, either for its weight or its content.  The eye-witness accounts, advertising posters, and illustrations cast a mysterious spell which immerses the reader in another time. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 February 2009 14:32
Trail of My Life - Espy
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Tuesday, 27 January 2009 21:01

GeneEspyHeadThe Trail of My Life:  the Gene Espy Story, by Gene Espy.

After a wait of 57 years the "story behind the story" of the second Appalachian Trail thru-hike comes to us.  Like a fine wine, Gene Espy's remarkable adventure has aged well.

Reading this account is like hearing Gene Espy speak.  In person you see his sparkling eyes and hear his Southern wit.  These qualities come through on paper as you read his account and review photographs of his artifacts.  The writing is crisp and insightful, yet tempered with experience.  Gene Espy has linked his thru-hike adventure with trails of his life which led there and those which followed.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 February 2009 14:32

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