The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond
For centuries the Alps have been witness to the march of armies, the flow of pilgrims and Crusaders, the feats of mountaineers, and the dreams of engineers. In The Alps, Stephen O'Shea ("a graceful and passionate writer"--Washington Post) takes readers up and down these majestic mountains. Journeying through their 500-mile arc across France, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia, he explores the reality behind historic events and reveals how the Alps have profoundly influenced culture and society.
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[A] sardonic, science-rich travelogue.
Enthralling...breezy and informative.--Jane Ciabattari
A delight.... O'Shea is an engaging writer.--Kim Ode
O'Shea's quirky travelogue delivers an avalanche of entertaining facts and history.--Heller McAlpin
A droll travelogue that mixes history and wry authorial observations.... [O'Shea] is an amiable guide to the riches of this vast mountain range--culinary, linguistic, literary, cultural and geologic.--Matthew Price
[An] ebullient narrative.... This spirited jaunt into the peaks of Europe may inspire readers to pack their bags.
With [O'Shea's] playful approach to language and a willingness to put himself in uncomfortable situations... this clever meeting of history, literature, and travelogue is a treat for readers of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz.
Chock-full of colorful facts.... O'Shea is... a charming, ever-curious, and knowledgeable raconteur.
The combination of a contemporary first-person travelogue... and a time-tripping riffle through Alpine history's greatest hits provides an ideal mix.