On Freedom Road: Bicycle Explorations and Reckonings on the Underground Railroad

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Pegasus Books
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6.4 X 8.5 X 1.7 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
David Goodrich is the former head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Observations and Monitoring Program, and served as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the author of A Hole in the Wind, which was a "One City, One Book" pick for San Francisco, and A Voyage Across an Ancient Ocean, also available from Pegasus Books. He lives in Rockville, Maryland.
"This cyclist's view of how things really are effectively cuts across head-butting arguments about global warming. A compelling narrative enlivened as much by the author's encounters on the road as by his skillful unfolding of scientific knowledge."
-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"At the end of a high-level career in climate science, David Goodrich cycled from Delaware to Oregon looking for a "hole in the wind" ? a human future in the unrelenting march of climate change. Ultimately, he sees humanity's capacity for economic transformation and reform as up to the job."
-- "Nature"
"The text rolls along as easily as his heavily-laden bike must have on those welcome downhill stretches. For a summer read that engages, entertains, and also educates, I can't recommend anything better than A Hole in the Wind."
-- "The Daily Local"
Praise for David Goodrich:

"A detail-rich chronicle of the half-dozen epic bike rides Goodrich has undertaken since 2000, including a 2011 cross-country trip. Goodrich is a good enough reporter and a sufficiently gifted stylist to make the miles fly by."-- "Washington Post"
"Climate scientist Goodrich documents his bike rides along 'routes of the Underground Railroad' in this illuminating blend of history and travelogue....Throughout, Goodrich reveals how slavery is remembered and misremembered in America, and makes a convincing case that 'national trauma, like a wound, tends to heal when it's exposed to air."' It's a harrowing yet inspirational ride."

--Publishers Weekly
"A heartfelt reminder of the importance of remembering our past in order to continue to learn from it."--Kirkus Reviews
"On Freedom Road is a vital and accessible text for readers to understand the conditions enslaved people faced when attempting escape."--Booklist, starred review
"The nimbleness of the transportation mode helps Goodrich share the smallest, bravest, most impactfully-historic tales of danger, determination, and daring."--Terri Schlichenmeyer