- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 9, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684832127
- ISBN-13: 978-0684832128
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 95 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Search of the Old Ones: Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest Paperback – April 9, 1997
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About the Author
David Roberts is the author of twenty-four books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.
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Being home only to be planning next trip David Robert's journey and adventures in this book brought a sense of being there. Too his research and knowledge shared have educated me ten fold on the history and understanding of the ancients and the current peoples of this mystifying and beautiful area. In a tiny corncob, I loved this book, could not put it down. Thank you David Roberts.
Mystery will always surround the Anasazi. The land on which the remnants of their habitations remain is hauntingly beautiful and desolate. For me this book brought back many memories of trips I've made to these areas since childhood and also rekindled the desire to return for more. Natural Bridges, Grand Gulch, Mesa Verde have always been special places for me.
David does an excellent job providing a broad spectrum of thought and research into how the Anasazi lived and why they seemingly disappeared. He also provides a fascinating look at his own travel adventures in southern Utah and the other four-corner states.
I highly recommend this book to all David Roberts fans, southwest canyoneers, Anasazi enthusiasts, or armchair adventurers!
Roberts is a fearless climber who is intensively interested in the history of the Anasazi cliff dwellers of the Southwest. Fortunately for us, he is an adept writer that can have us feel like we're alongside of him. Meanwhile, the depth of knowledge of previous explorers doesn't tire, and we share in the excitement as he sees their marks.
Well, we're simultaneously excited and uncomfortable as the author struggles with balancing his passion for history with his passion for leaving the sites undisturbed. For example, even while he's excited to see the marks of his predecessors, he's loath to leave his own mark on these places he discovers. Unlike those he followed, he develops an intense concern for the sustainability of the artifacts he discovers. Both ethically (since current tribes treat these places with reverence) and historically driven to leave things as he found them.
Above all, this book provides a balanced view of who these people were both culturally as well as in the grand scheme of society. He shares the theories of their origination and evolution to current day civilizations and possible ties to those of the past. With so much still unknown, we're engaged by the mystery and immersion in his travels of discovery.