On Foot: A History of Walking

On Foot: A History of Walking[Reading] ➼ On Foot: A History of Walking By Joseph A. Amato – Oaklandjobs.co.uk I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understand the art of Walking that is of taking walks who had a genius so to speak for sauntering Henry David Thoreau Everything is I have A History PDF ´ met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understand the art of Walking that is of taking walks who On Foot: ePUB ✓ had a genius so to speak for sauntering Henry David Thoreau Everything is within walking distance if you have the time Stephen Wright For approximately six million years Foot: A History Kindle Õ humans have walked the earth This is the story of how why and to what effect we put one foot in front of the other Walking has been the primary mode of locomotion for humans until very recent times when we began to sit and ride first on horses and in carriages then trains and bicycles and finally cars trucks buses and airplanes rather than go on foot The particular way we saunter clomp meander shuffle plod along jaunt tramp and wander on foot conveys a wealth of information about our identity condition and destination In this fast stepping social history Joseph A Amato takes us on a journey of walking from the first human migrations to marching Roman legions and ancient Greeks who considered man a featherless biped; from trekking medieval pilgrims to strolling courtiers; from urban pavement pounders to ambling window shoppers to suburban mall walkersConcentrating on walking in Europe and North America and with particular focus on how walking differed according to social class Amato distinguishes how where when who what and under which conditions people moved on foot He identifies crucial transformations in the history of walking including the adoption of the horse by the mounted warrior; the rise of public display among European nobility; and the building of roads and transportation systems which led to the inevitable ascent of the wheel over the foot. Interesting but Amato seemed to get side tracked with all sorts of trivia often interesting but with a tenuous link to on foot By the end it felt like a Bill Bryson non fiction book Well researched but best treated as the sort you could read for 30 minutes then put down for a few weeks I liked it On Foot A History of Walking is an enlightening compelling read As the title suggests this book describes the history of walking Thus as one would expect this book looks at how human upright mobility changed the way our ancestors traveled lived and thought Though well explored this topic is only one small aspect of the myriad of topics contained in this fascinating book The author outlines the many great migrations battles crusades and pilgrimages that have been made by on foot Most of these journeys and the challenges while on these adventures are simply beyond our modern comprehension Nonetheless the author paints an enlightening picture for the modern reader These topics alone would have made for a captivating book However the author has gone beyond all expectations and used this book to discuss the way walking and other means of transportation have been viewed by various social classes and how these views have changed a countless number of times over the centuries Moreover this book examines changes in the definition of roads over time; how these roads differed in urban and rural settlements; and these changes effected the development of culture and lifestyle in rural and urban areas On Foot A History of Walking is a well researched well written piece of work Further though the book contains a large amount of information this book reads easily without a lot of documentary like dryness Time and time again the reader will find him or herself sharing some of the entertaining or enlightening facts historical accounts and uips with his or her family and friends Simply put this book will be enjoyed by anyone who walks rides or drives A lot of information in what really wasn't all that long of a book meant it took me almost 4 months to read this Finally upon completion though I have to say the experience was a gratifying one While certainly not the BEST book I've ever read Amato's discussion of walking in terms of its relationship to roads horses cars city structures and the like was a highly illuminating read and has certainly set the stage for even research into the topic I was dismayed though that it wound up being yet another book on walking that failed to fully explore the philosophical notions of it how it finds expression and what the intellectual and emotional impact is of that expression Therefore I am still searching for that book on walking that addresses what it is I want to know about it I guess I'll just have to write itIn the end I am feeling a little blaise about the text as a whole mostly because I was so intimately tied to it as it formed the back bone of my thesis research that it was I think impossible for it to be a satisfying read in its own right It is a text of INFORMATION primarily and the aesthetic tone of it shows that It isn't by and large a book read for enjoyment but rather is read for purpose for content alone and while I find that terribly enriching my guess is that most others won't A cultural historian's take on the history of walking Coverage is pretty good though only EuropeanWestern but the writing is often weighed down with baggy lists Footnotes help; lots of research available there Interestingly his focus is in the ways in which the displacement of walking as a necessary activity and the birth of walking by choice are tied together 2 So will be an important work for my diss Though you can't talk about the history of walking without engaging texts written by the long list of literary walkers Amato is less able as a literary critic and it shows To be continued Lots of interesting details great notes obviously exhaustive and well researched However as a whole the book is a tedious read and never seems to live up to its promise Perhaps because of repetition and the author's inability to take advantage of his good material