Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet

Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet

A panoramic investigation of the subterranean landscape, from sacred caves and derelict subway stations to nuclear bunkers and ancient underground cities?an exploration of the history, science, architecture, and mythology of the worlds beneath our feet. When Will Hunt was sixteen years old, he discovered an abandoned tunnel that ran beneath his house in Providence, Rhode Is A panoramic investigation of the subterranean landscape, from sacred caves and derelict subway stations to nuclear ...

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Title:Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet
Author:Will Hunt
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Genres:Nonfiction
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet Reviews

  • Kirsty
    Jul 03, 2019
    I loved this ? the writing is beautiful and I dog-eared so many pages to refer back to. As a claustrophobe I will never, ever understand the desire to go deep underground ? I honestly can't think of anything worse. But Will Hunt does a great job of exploring the push-pull of desir...
  • thefourthvine
    Apr 13, 2019
    And this is why it is inadvisable to take recommendations from Overdrive, I guess, because I'm sure this book would be great for someone, but it was a resounding meh for me. The book is part travelogue, part philosophical meandering, and here's the thing: I am always here for travel...
  • Ariel
    Dec 03, 2018
    This book was absolutely fantastic. Hunt is a fantastic writer, who manages to make his trips to these various places both scary and charming, and does an excellent job of conveying the importance and fascination of the history surrounding it all. I learned so many things I didn't know...
  • Joyce
    Jan 18, 2019
    This is the kind of quirky book that I love--lots of history, geography, geology, literature, psychology, religion, all tied to a single idea: underground spaces, natural and man-made, and how they've been used over the millennia. I'd never consider going caving myself--I'm way too cla...
  • Tessy Consentino
    Feb 04, 2019
    What a fascinating book! ...
  • John Machata
    Jul 13, 2019
    Erudite, odd exploration of the world little known to most of us. Wonderful story teller. Worth reading for anyone interested in human existence. ...
  • Jessaka
    Feb 19, 2019
    Will Hunt spent time in the N.Y. underground, the subway tunnels. Revs did as well. Revs was a graffiti artist who spent many years using N.Y. City as a canvas. He became famous, but not in a way that made him money. Then Revs took a ladder, paints, and other tools of his trade into th...
  • Karen
    Jan 19, 2019
    https://booksnooks.wordpress.com/2019... Beneath my feet lies a 300 million-year-old petrified rainforest? the second largest in the world. Pictures of it can be seen here. It?s incredible to imagine that this snowy countryside was once a tropical rainforest and that its remains...
  • Nick T. Borrelli
    Oct 03, 2018
    Very cool book about the unique world of our subterranean landscape. Whether it be subway systems, mines, catacombs, underground tunnels, etc.... This is a fascinating world tour penned by an urban explorer who documents the amazing underground world that exists and that we rarely even...
  • Lauri
    Mar 26, 2019
    I loved this book, I can't recommend it enough. First of all, it is beautifully written - Will Hunt is an Author, in the truest sense of the word. Second, it is much more than just an exploration of underground spaces around the world - an abandoned train tunnel in my own city of Provi...
  • Mel
    Feb 16, 2019
    Imagine yourself on an afternoon hike, stooping to push aside branches blocking a walk that meandered off the beaten path, and upon removing the pile of debris feeling the breath of a world beneath you coming from a small obscure opening in the ground. It takes a certain type of person...
  • Nicolaus Stengl
    Feb 06, 2019
    ?Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet? is an extraordinarily well-researched book about the cavernous realm just beneath us. Will Hunt is our Virgil, guiding us into and through the subterranean world, and enthusing this tour with erudition, vitality, and an ...
  • Kendra
    Feb 11, 2019
    Will Hunt writes about being underground so well that I actually experienced a touch of claustrophobia reading this book. It's a terrific read: one very individual lifelong interest in what lies beneath our cities, fields, farms, mountains, and deserts. Hunt goes caving and lives with ...
  • Jeimy
    Jun 20, 2019
    I just want Will Hunt to invite me to explore some of his favorite underground haunts. This book was riveting not only because of the places and characters we meet, but also the writing style. ...
  • Naomi Youngstein
    Feb 10, 2019
    What an interesting and unusual book! I appreciated the visuals and thought that the chapter on the French bison was particularly compelling. ...
  • Max
    May 23, 2019
    Very interesting book; each chapter went fast and was interesting. Nice mix of facts and personal stories. ...
  • Steve
    Nov 11, 2018
    Falls short in content There is so much below us - subways, water pipes, sewage, electrical wires, etc - that have helped create the society we know. Yet the book focuses on the role of the underground in folklore and religion, which was I found only somewhat interesting. The book w...
  • Julie
    Jun 12, 2019
    I sincerely thank the author for writing this book. I needed to read this book and it will be with me a long time. Everyone needs to read this book. I will share my thoughts soon. I am behind on doing this, but still have many thoughts to share on this brilliant work. I will do this...
  • Julianna
    May 22, 2019
    I just want to be in a hole in the ground Fascinating and entertaining, with some truly beautiful prose, especially toward the end. Extensively researched and engaging. I'll know I'll be revisiting this for inspiration down the line. ...
  • Sara
    Feb 02, 2019
    This books combines basically all of my favorite things: travel, exploration, photography, graffiti, archaeology, anthropology....with a splash of philosophy. The author is present in the narrative but not irritatingly so. The book feels personal without feeling autobiographical. I wan...
  • Out of the Bex
    Feb 06, 2019
    A love letter to a lost world. Will Hunt chronicles his search for meaning in the oft undiscovered world beneath our feet with a work that is part travel journal, part anthropological study. Hunt writes of his numerous explorations underground from the catacombs of Paris and the vas...
  • Will Hunt
    Jan 03, 2019
    To be fair, I wrote this book ;) ...
  • Jocelyn
    Nov 06, 2018
    I requested this book thinking it would be about something entirely different and was pleasantly surprised by what i found. This book travels (literally) into many different types of underground and goes into the historical, religious, and artistic aspects of each. Very engaging writin...
  • Jypsy
    Jan 19, 2019
    Underground delves into a subject that most of us never think about. What is going on underground? This book explores that question in fascinating ways. Subways, tunnels, and many places we know nothing about. People live and die underground. It is its own culture. I recommend this boo...
  • Elizabeth A.G.
    Mar 26, 2019
    What an interesting, well-written book that brings the reader into subterranean worlds around the globe. This book is part memoir, part history, part philosophy, & mythology that expands our terrestrial lives into the world below. Wonderful! ...
  • Isa
    Dec 28, 2018
    Underground is one of the most poetic, breathtaking and ambitious books I have read in a long time. Hunt offers a delightful and unexpected journey, a fantastic expedition full of discoveries, surprising facts and wonderful anecdotes. He is a clever and tenacious explorer, who places h...
  • Flint Bill
    Dec 29, 2018
    One of the best works of non-fiction I've read in a while. Elegantly written, meticulously researched. Hunt went everywhere for this book! So many discoveries to be made about the world's caves, catacombs, mines, sewers and other holes in the ground. And it's beautifully illustrated. R...
  • R Littlefield
    Jan 01, 2019
    This non-fiction work starts off as a personal, memoir exploration of the author's preoccupation with subterranean worlds and expands into a much broader investigation, which ultimately explores the very roots of human spirituality. A unique and poetic and illuminating read. ...
  • Tyler Ruggles
    Jan 31, 2019
    A remarkable book: beautifully written, deeply researched, full of fresh and bold ideas. Bought a copy for everyone in my family! ...
  • Tyler Ruggles
    Jan 31, 2019
    Remarkable book: beautifully written, deeply researched, full of fresh and bold ideas. Bought a copy for everyone in my family! ...