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  • Title: The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond
  • Author: Stephen O'Shea
  • ISBN: 9780393246858
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Hardcover

  • For centuries the Alps have seen the march of armies, the flow of pilgrims and Crusaders, the feats of mountaineers, and the dreams of engineers and some 14 million people live among their peaks today In The Alps, Stephen O Shea takes readers up and down these majestic mountains, battling his own fear of heights to journey through a 500 mile arc across France, Italy, SwitFor centuries the Alps have seen the march of armies, the flow of pilgrims and Crusaders, the feats of mountaineers, and the dreams of engineers and some 14 million people live among their peaks today In The Alps, Stephen O Shea takes readers up and down these majestic mountains, battling his own fear of heights to journey through a 500 mile arc across France, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia.O Shea, whose style has been hailed for its engaging combination of candid first person travel writing and absorbing historical narrative Chicago Sun Times , whisks readers along than 2,000 years of Alpine history As he travels pass by pass through the mountains, he tells great stories of those real and imagined who have passed before him, from Hannibal to Hitler, Frankenstein s monster to Sherlock Holmes, Napoleon to Nietzsche, William Tell to James Bond He explores the circumstances behind Hannibal and his elephants famous crossing in 218 BCE he reveals how the Alps have profoundly influenced culture from Heidi to The Sound of Music and he visits iconic sites, including the Reichenbach Falls, where Arthur Conan Doyle staged Sherlock Holmes s death scene with Professor Moriarty Caporetto, the bloody site of the Italians retreat in World War I and the Eagle s Nest, Hitler s aerie of a vacation home.O Shea delves into Alpine myths and legends, such as the lopsided legs of the dahu, the fictitious goatlike creature of the mountains, and reveals why the beloved St Bernard dog is so often depicted with a cask hanging below its neck Throughout, he immerses himself in the communities he visits, engagingly recounting his adventures with contemporary road trippers, watchmakers, salt miners, cable car operators, and yodelers.
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    Stuck with it 'till the end, but this book never really grabbed me. Loved the cover, & concept of armchair traveling thru the Alps was appealing, but I just found my eyes glazing over many times. Heidi museum was intriguing, & was surprised I had forgotten tragedies like cable car falling & tunnel fire killing many. (Library)

    Stephen O'Shea writes an entertaining, witty travelogue through the Alps from west to east, stitching together destinations with literary, historical and geological references. I found the cover scenery of a train exiting an alpine tunnel arresting, but O'Shea spends his travels in a muscle car, not a train. The romance of a train journey is traded for a more intimate connection to the many passes the crisscross the alps and traverse the "lard line" between Italy and Northern Europe. The Alps we [...]

    Trip through the Alps by the peripatetic O'Shea. I find descriptions of mountains pale very quickly fortunately the author moves from one place to another very quickly and treats subjects the same way. He finds something of interest at every stop from the flighty- Sherlock Holmes and Heidi to the serious- mountain climbing, Hitler's Berchtesgaden and Italian battles in WWI. He has a quick and agile sense of humour somewhat reminiscent of Paul Theroux. Enjoyable.

    Just like they say, a great armchair travel. Filled with great historical stories and facts along the way it's a shame there's no shot in hell I'll be able to retain it all. I will say the descriptions of the hairpin turns, while thrilling in the beginning, became somewhat of a drag on the book by the end. Otherwise a great book.

    Michelle Ule
    An amusing travelogue through the Alps, probably of interest mostly for those who love and/or have visited the Alps. I was surprised to realize how many of these towns and passes I have visited--but then, I spent a college summer with Swiss relatives in the Alps!O'Shea covers several of our favorite spots--like the wonderful Iceman Museum in Bolzano and the glorious Dolomites, as well as Slovenia--with tidbits and passing remarks on the history and current situations in the beautiful towns and v [...]

    Exapno Mapcase
    This is a First Reads review.This could more accurately be described as a history and travelogue through the Alps. O’Shea goes through all of the major locales and tourist areas with a lighthearted ease and provides a wonderful tour guide to the majestic mountains.

    David Bales
    This is the best book I read this year, and I waited until December. O'Shea goes on a tour of the Alps, which sprawl "like a blanket" across the heart of Europe, from France to Slovenia, spending a great deal of time in those countries as well as Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy. It is partly a history but also a magnificent and charming travelogue, and explores how the perception of the Alps changed from the ancients, (who viewed mountains as remote and terrifying, useless for agricultur [...]

    I really enjoyed this travelogue about the Alps, which I was interested in and picked up when I saw it in the bookstore, since I'm going to be spending a couple of weeks in the French Alps in September (!) - it was a pretty easy-going, charming read about a bunch of places I've always wanted to go to. Here's my favorite passage:"There is the princess of the moon, who came to marry a prince of these mountains. In her trousseau she brought to earth a brilliant moon flower, the edelweiss, to bright [...]

    Rebecca Nebesar
    This was a perfect book to read by the wood stove in winter, with my smartphone next to me to look at maps and photos. O'Shea's narrative is full of historical and cultural material, presented with a mixture of awe and humor in a style that is engaging, sometimes irreverently poking fun at various nationalities and cultural practices (and himself) that had me laughing out loud from time to time, yet always grounded in the magnificence of the geography. Because I have been to several of the place [...]

    I loved this book. Stephen O'Shea who describes himself as looking like Thomas Jefferson on a bad hair day is a very amusing and erudite writer. That he happened to choose a piece of the world to explore that I am most interested in is a lucky boon for me. Ever since I heard about Hannibal and his elephants in 5th grade, I have been fascinated by the idea of Alpine passes. It is only now that I am actually planning a trip to experience the Swiss Alps. Stephen has done what a good travel writer s [...]

    [I should probably say that I was given this book in a giveaway. I was not required to give a review and my opinion is my own. Just like to be upfront about these things.] A very pleasant and informative ramble through the alps. Somewhat similar in style to Bill Bryson's travel works, though thankfully O'Shea is quite a bit less disparaging about most of the people he encounters (though he is not kind to Dutch campers). The book itself is nice, you can see the slipcover's vintage tourism inspir [...]

    Julian Walker
    Stephen O’Shea amiably meanders through the Alps, turning heads in his sports car and wryly observing on the variety of life, customs and curiosities he comes across, as he ensnares us in an engaging kind of biography of this iconic mountain range.Blending tales of the weird and wonderful with history, geography and literary reference points, he takes us on an enjoyable journey through the centuries. His tales range from Frankenstein to Hitler, mountaineering to yodeling and pelotons to racing [...]

    A meandering trip through the history and geography - and many, many hairpin turns - of the Alps, from Switzerland to Slovenia, although we don't see much of Slovenia!The pace changes partway through as the history gives way more and more to the traveler's tale - which was more interesting to me.While I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the book, the maps weren't particularly helpful, which was a disappointment. I had a tough time figuring out the route. The "it's not that I'm afraid of heights, it [...]

    Interesting travelogue through the Alps. He's best with architecture and literature--I would have liked more geography and geology, but frankly this reminded me why I wouldn't drive through the Alps: all those twisting, narrow roads with no guard rails. Yikes! I've done this on a bus in my college days and, looking back, I'm amazed we survived! Enjoyed the material on Hannibal and the myth busting relating to Heidi (now a theme park area) and the Sound of Music. Charming and entertaining but bet [...]

    I received this book as a giveaway.My biggest disappointment was that it was very poorly bound, so the pleasure of a brand new hardback was spoilt.I found the book very enjoyable, and I learned a lot about the Alps that I had not known before. The author's style reminded me of Bill Bryson. The human geography of the area is covered as much as the physical side. I am sure that I would have been less happy were I a Dutch camper!The book would have really benefited from the inclusion of some road [...]

    Personable first person account of a road trip journey through the 1200 X 200 km range of the Alps from Lake Geneva to Trieste, making this a more enjoyable read than a straight non-fiction text. A bit of memoir is mingled with history, geography, recreation and culture throughout the various countries in which he travels, some of them more than once as he follows the various passes and road routes, although there are considerable variations from one formerly isolated area to another. I enjoyed [...]

    5 stars for the idea, but 2 stars for the execution. I had to really, really push myself to finish this. The writing just isn’t very captivating (and if you’re going to write pages and pages describing what mountains look like, you need to be a captivating writer). I could tell that he had really researched the locations, but his storytelling just wasn’t strong enough to make the book truly interesting. And the conclusion for the entire book was all of 3 paragraphs, which felt lacking.

    What is THE test of a good travel book? You want to pick up and go visit the place about which you have just read? You want to go on a trip with the author? You want to read and learn more and immerse yourself even more deeply into the place covered by the author? Well, the good news is that by ALL of these standards Stephen O’Shea’s ALPS: A Human History is a huge success. At times laugh out loud funny – and I am not one who LOLs out loud while ready very often, at times poignant and poet [...]

    Craig Fiebig
    The four stars is a tad generous; I personally found this book terrifically fun. If you've visited the Alps or felt inexplicably drawn to Switzerland this book delivers enjoyable escapist travelogue imagery with a toe-dip into the history and geography of the region.

    I picked this up after a recent trip to get ideas for future excursions. I’m sold on an alpine adventure based on this travel narrative that weaves excellent history and cultural depictions of the regions. Recommended.

    Jon Finkel
    More of a travelogue than a history, to be honest, and a lot lighter than I'd hoped for.

    Steve Gross
    Pleasant travelogue by one man through the Alps. Somewhat humorous but not really funny.

    My dream would be to go there, take this book,and follow in O'Shea's footsteps.

    I enjoy the author's travelogue style. This was a fun, armchair trip, to places I knot little to nothing about.

    I could not finish this one.

    Nicole Marble
    Charming, fun, wonderful insights, thoroughly delightful.

    Olga Vannucci
    The north faces have the mood.The south ones have better food.

    I can't wait to visit the Alps this summer!

    4.5. Would have been a 5 if he had included pictures. I spent my honeymoon in Switzerland so of course I enjoyed my arm chair travel to such dizzying heights with heidi, Hannibal and Hitler. Informative, humorous and cling to your seats views, I googled so many images I feel like I have vertigo without even booking a ticket. Enjoyed my ride sharing~

    A travel book about a road trip through the Alps?, what more does a book need. I loved all bits of it.

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