Down the Wild Cape Fear
A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina
By Philip Gerard
288 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 40 halftones, 5 maps, bibl
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6940-3
Published: February 2022
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-0812-9
Published: March 2013
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Gerard explores the myriad environmental and political issues being played out along the waters of the Cape Fear. These include commerce and environmental stewardship, wilderness and development, suburban sprawl and the decline and renaissance of inner cities, and private rights versus the public good.
About the Author
Philip Gerard is the author of three novels and five books of nonfiction including The Patron Saint of Dreams. He lives on Whiskey Creek near the Intracoastal Waterway and sails his sloop Suspense on the Atlantic Ocean.
For more information about Philip Gerard, visit the Author Page.
“Like a river itself, winding its way through history and biology, politics, and preservation, this book will appeal to both nature lovers and those living in and near the Cape Fear watershed.”--Library Journal
"An adventure story paired with a view of the ecology, history, development, and industry along a vital river that runs from the core of North Carolina to the coast. Gerard uses glittering, evocative prose to recount his travels by canoe and powerboat down the Wild Cape Fear River with a guide, biologist, photographer, and others. . . . This is a compelling story that offers a striking and thoughtful look at the many environmental, political, and commercial issues affecting this region and the waterway that feeds it."--ForeWord Reviews
“Equal parts historical survey, river adventure and nature walk, it’s a fascinating trip down North Carolina’s most storied river.”--Raleigh News and Observer
“Gerard takes readers with him on a 200-mile trip down the Cape Fear River. . . [and] it’s obvious that his book was labor of love.”--Southern Pines Pilot
“A reading journey that no one who loves North Carolina should pass by.”--D.G. Martin One on One
“This is simply the best piece of writing about [the Cape Fear] river that I've read.”--Fayetteville Observer