- Hardcover: 333 pages
- Publisher: NYU Press (November 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814705022
- ISBN-13: 978-0814705025
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On Foot: A History of Walking
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"A rambling pleasure—leisurely paced and full of interesting cul-de-sacs—pleasantly garrulous and filled with the anecdotes of small details aptly observed.”-Star Tribune
"This is a fascinating book, extremely knowledgeable and ambitious, thought provoking in the best sense. Simply put: a very imaginative presentation and, someone has to say it, not at all pedestrian."-Peter Stearns,author of Anxious Parents
"An in-depth examination.”-Forecast
"An enlighening compelling read...a well-researched, well written piece of work."-TCM Reviews
"Joseph A. Amato has written a richly detailed and engaging account of walking from ancient times to the present. His book explores the many modes and contexts of human ambulation: marching, strolling, promenading, rambling, sauntering, commuting, to name just a few. Taking full account of the evolution of the city, shifting attitudes toward the countryside, and the role of class and labor in determining the value and meaning of walking, this book helps us to see a basic human activity as a complex cultural and historical phenomenon."-Roger Gilbert,author of Walks in the World: Representation and Experience in Modern American Poetry
”Extremely readable account . . . invites a global edition."-Choice
"I suggest you leave your car at home, go for a long walk, and buy it."-Dr. Mike DeBrule
"On Foot is an expansive and illuminating field trip, complete with rest stops for little-known facts about an everyday activity many of us take for granted."-Minnesota History
"Provides a valuable background treatise for the enlightenment of students who more often prefer to drive their automobiles than walk for any trip that ranges more than a few blocks!"-Journal of Social History
"A thought-provoking survey across time and space. . . . Pick up On Foot and carry it home. It will renew your appreciation for the pedestrian in your own flesh."-Cleveland Plain Dealer
About the Author
Joseph A. Amato is the author of fifteen books, including Dust: A History of the Small and Invisible. He is professor emeritus of history and rural and regional studies at Southwest Minnesota State University. He lives in Marshall, MN.
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Sadly, that great philosophical pretext becomes a pretty unfocused and repetitive book. After the basic philosophy is taken care of, Amato simply offers a rather watered-down cultural history of Western Europe and America, often trying to force walking-related vignettes and episodes onto an unfocused historical analysis. This analysis is too high-level and arbitrary to serve as an informative history, and also detracts from the intended focus of the book. And while it's not fair to demand that Amato cover other regions and cultures, it would be nice to learn about how non-Western cultures view the art and activity of walking (and not driving), as this could shed some real light on the obsessions with transportation and convenience that have ruined the fun for walkers in the West. Granted, the basic focus of this book remains fascinating throughout, but the overall result is boredom and disappointment. But it was still worth it for me to walk to the library to check this book out, and now I will walk back to return it. Amato, and most of his readers, will understand why I enjoy doing that. [~doomsdayer520~]
His work shares a subtitle - "A history of walking" with Rebecca Solnit's Wanderlust. Try them both as they complement one another quite nicely.