Alpine Books


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From the National Book Award-winning author of Arctic Dreams, a masterwork in which he recounts the travels around the world and the encounters--human, animal, and natural--that have shaped his extraordinary life.

Barry Lopez gives us his most far-ranging, yet personal, work to date, a book Robert Macfarlane calls "magnificent; a contemprary epic, at once pained and urgent, personal and oracular." Horizon moves through the author's travels in six regions of the world: from Western Oregon to the High Arctic; from the Galápagos to the Kenyan desert; from Botany Bay in Australia to finally, unforgettably, the ice shelves of Antarctica.
     Lopez moves from the fine details to the large, probing the history of humanity's quests and explorations, including the prehistoric peoples who trekked across Skraeling Island in northern Canada, the colonialists who plundered Central Africa, an enlightenment-era Englishman who sailed the Pacific, a Native American emissary who found his way into isolationist Japan, and today's ecotourists in the tropics. Throughout his journeys--to some of the hottest, coldest, and most desolate places on the globe--Lopez searches for meaning and purpose in a broken world.
     In a revelatory work that voices concern and frustration along with humanity and hope, Lopez helps you see the world differently, through the crowning achievement of one of America's great thinkers and most humane voices.