The Ground Beneath Us: From The Oldest Cities To The Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who…

Hardcover | March 21, 2017

byPaul Bogard

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An exploration of the ground beneath our feet.


Is there an untrodden foot of ground left? That's Paul Bogard's mission in THE GROUND BENEATH US, and early on his quest he realizes something astounding: when we step outside and look down, most of us in the industrialized world see an unnatural surface, likely some version of asphalt or concrete. In fact, we have some 61,000 square miles of paved ground in the United States, an amount that together would be larger than any state east of the Mississippi.

Increasingly we live separated from the natural ground itself, concealing from us our profound relationship to the source not only of our food, water, and energy, but to the many majestic, poetic, and yes, very basic, ways the ground sustains our lives. In short, the ground holds the facts that define us, but most of us know almost nothing of the world beneath our feet. Paul Bogard tells these stories--of subsurface technologies like sewers to idyllic subterranean Edens, and from what we grow in the ground to how we bury our dead in it--beautifully, in the vein of Rebecca Solnit, Andrea Wulf, and Helen MacDonald.

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An exploration of the ground beneath our feet.Is there an untrodden foot of ground left? That's Paul Bogard's mission in THE GROUND BENEATH US, and early on his quest he realizes something astounding: when we step outside and look down, most of us in the industrialized world see an unnatural surface, likely some version of asphalt or c...

Paul Bogard teaches creative nonfiction at James Madison University. He is the author ofThe End of Nightand the editor of the anthologyLet There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark.He lives in Virginia.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:March 21, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316342262

ISBN - 13:9780316342261

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"A hymn to vanished darkness. A literary journey. This is a rich book. As you read it, you too will want to reclaim the night and perhaps rediscover the heavens of the Enlightenment." -- Nature