Paradise Blues

Non-Fiction, Current Affairs

A fresh new, eminently insightful look at America and a brilliant melding of travel narrative, social portrait and historiography

Christof Mauch lived in the United States for fifteen years, during which time he criss-crossed the country over and over again. His attention was always drawn to the breathtakingly beautiful stretches of land and the deep wounds that humans have inflicted on nature over the past two hundred years. Mauch presents us with an America that goes beyond the postcard-perfect images of national parks and mega-city street canyons. His America is that of a people defined by internal divisions, which worships nature and yet ruthlessly destroys it. He tells the stories of the people who have learned to live with the scars and of those who now choose to powerfully resist the further destruction of their environment.

Christof Mauch

Christof Mauch, born in 1960, is the director of the largest institute for environmental humanities and social sciences in the world and Professor of American Cultural History and Transatlantic Studies in Munich. Mauch spent many years in the USA. He has been Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, has held guest professorships on three different continents, and has received numerous international prizes for his work. 

Paradise Blues

A fresh new, eminently insightful look at America and a brilliant melding of travel narrative, social portrait and historiography

Christof Mauch lived in the United States for fifteen years, during which time he criss-crossed the country over and over again. His attention was always drawn to the breathtakingly beautiful stretches of land and the deep wounds that humans have inflicted on nature over the past two hundred years. Mauch presents us with an America that goes beyond the postcard-perfect images of national parks and mega-city street canyons. His America is that of a people defined by internal divisions, which worships nature and yet ruthlessly destroys it. He tells the stories of the people who have learned to live with the scars and of those who now choose to powerfully resist the further destruction of their environment.

Bibliographic Data
368 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-29003-6
First published 2022