"Celebrating America's Hiking Trail" is Book of the Year

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Thru-hikers celebrating the Appalachian Trail's 75th Anniversary in Rangeley, Maine in 2012. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America's Hiking Trail, published by Rizzoli International, was named 2012 Book of the Year in the adult nonfiction/nature category by ForeWord Reviews.

This delightful work explores America's best known hiking path in detail. More than 300 photos of scenes on the Trail -- as well as previously unpublished historical photos, documents, and maps from the archives of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) -- are included.

Published in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail (AT), The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America's Hiking Trail documents the significance of the iconic path with historical essays and full-color photos.

The ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award is an effort to celebrate the best independently published books annually. ForeWord Reviews asks a jury of readers, librarians and booksellers to select and review titles in areas of their personal expertise. Their decisions take into consideration editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, author credentials relative to the book and the value the title adds to its genre.

The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America's Hiking Trail earned other honors:

  • number one among the 2012 holiday season's book picks by Parade magazine
  • listed among Publisher's Weekly's top ten travel books of fall 2012 and
  • named a best book of the month by Amazon.com.

Author Brian B. King has worked for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) in a number of roles since 1987, most frequently as publisher and director of public affairs. King's extensive research and knowledge of the Trail were integral to the creation of the book.

"The story behind the Appalachian Trail's development is little-known, but encompasses nine decades of work by hundreds of people in private life and public service, from legislative clerks up to presidents and their families. The editors, designers and executives at Rizzoli did a magnificent job in helping the Appalachian Trail Conservancy bring this story to broader public attention," said King.

The book includes a full-sized map of the AT and a foreword by best-selling author Bill Bryson, who recounted his 1996 attempt to hike the Trail in the best-seller, A Walk in the Woods.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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