Lost in the Wilderness

The Real Dirt on America's Frontier Legends


Book Description

A funny and informative illustrated sendup of America’s wilderness giants that puts to the test their outrageous survival claims and absurd survival strategies.

Lost in the Woods takes on Davy Crocket, Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, Calamity Jane, Jim Bridger, Black Beaver, Buffalo Bill Cody, and a host of others, challenging their incredible stories and breaking them down with fact, humor, illustrations, and photos. American outdoorsmanship expert Jim Motavalli gives each figure: their legendary bio, How History Got It Wrong, What We Actually Know, What He/She Said, and a variety of interesting sidebars. Each profile is illustrated by vintage photography and illustration, and satirical comic-book style illustrations.

About Motavalli, Jim

Jim Motavalli writes on environmental topics for The New York Times and Mother Nature Network, among others. He is author or editor of seven books, a senior writer for E/The Environmental Magazine, contributes to Audubon, Mother Earth News and Environmental Defense Fund publications. He has contributed to Men's Journal, AMC Outdoors, Popular Mechanics, The Nation, The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Review, Salon, Grist, The Guardian, Tomorrow Magazine, Greenwich Magazine, Sierra and many other newspapers, magazines, and websites. He also hosts a radio program on WPKN-FM in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and lectures widely. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.