It’s a great time of year to hit the woods, or, if the woods are too muggy, to read about the outdoors.
Horace Kephart was a brilliant scholar and came from pioneer stock. He loved the outdoors and, at 28, became director of St. Louis’s prestigious Mercantile Library. But when his marriage fell apart, he turned to booze, and lost his job. Naturally–no pun intended–he turned to the wilderness to start over. He moved to a cabin in the woods and went on to write a still-relevant wilderness manual, Camping and Woodcraft. This is exactly the book you’ll need on your iPad when civilization collapses. He also crusaded for the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.