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Nonfiction: History, Travel
Unabridged   9.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/31/2018


A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684412761
Digital Download ISBN:9781684412778


A quest to rediscover America's overlooked Northern territory—and a compelling case for how it is shaping the country's future.

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America's northern border is the world's longest international boundary, yet it remains obscure even to Americans. Travel writer Porter Fox spent two years exploring its length by canoe, freighter, and car—and in Northland, he delivers the little-known history of the region and a riveting account of his travels. Fox follows explorer Samuel de Champlain's adventures; recounts the rise and fall of the iron, wheat, and timber industries; crosses the Great Lakes on a freighter; and tracks America's fur traders through the Boundary Waters. Northland is full of colorful characters (railroad tycoon James J. Hill, Chief Red Cloud of the Lakota Sioux, Captain Meriwether Lewis) and extraordinary landscapes (Glacier National Park, the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Montana's Medicine Line country). Throughout, Fox weaves in his encounters with residents, border guards, Indian activists, and militia leaders to give a dynamic portrait of the northland wracked by climate change, water wars, and heightened border security.


"Narrator Yen guides listeners on Fox’s cross-continental journey from Maine to Washington along the U.S.’ northern border, delightfully matching Fox’s adventurous wonder and curiosity.” —Booklist Audio

“Richly populated with fascinating northlanders, Native Americans, and many border patrol agents, this is highly entertaining and informative travel literature.” -Kirkus Starred Review

“In this rip-roaring adventure story, Porter Fox illuminates every imaginable facet of the northern border: historical, natural, economic, environmental, geopolitical, and, above everything else, the human.” —Neel Mukherjee, author of A State of Freedom

“A riveting illumination of the northern border’s contentious past, made urgent by the denizens we meet along the pages who are fighting―doggedly, courageously―for the right to course-correct its future.” —Courtney Maum, author of Touch

Author Bio

Porter Fox is the editor of Nowhere and the author of Deep. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, and The Best American Travel Writing. Raised in Maine, he lives in New York.