Appalachia: A Photographic Novel 2023-11-11T18:31:24-05:00


A Photographic Novel


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The year was 1872 and fighting from the Civil War had nearly torn the United States apart. The young country had survived, but a new one was taking shape directly within its very borders—along the rift of earth and rock they called the Appalachian mountains.

A hardy group of Nordic Americans, disenfranchised with the direction of the American nation, began to carve out a slice of the beautiful land they had come to love. With the United States still reeling from years of conflict, they were able to form their own republic, connected together by the tribal bonds of kinship and the spiritual ties of their Christian faith.

Their fledgling republic would flourish at first. Towns were built. Children were born. An entirely new culture was born from their prosperity, a mix of their Nordic traditions infused with their more recent Christian conversion. But trouble would come. At first, a relentless onslaught of strangers intent upon profiting from their bounty. Later, pressure would mount as the government sought to subsume their land and people back into the states from which they had splintered.

Through an incredible collection of over 400 never-before-seen photographs, Appalachia tells the fascinating story of this forsaken place and its forgotten people, a group of men and women and children who would stop at nothing to defend their faith, the family, and the land they called home.


Just finished The Moth and wanted to say you’ve done it again. I had no idea polio was such an interesting story! Please consider doing smallpox next!


Very engagingly written, and HARD to put down! I’ll update when I’m done with the book.

D. Thynes

Hard to put this book down! Many people think they know all they need to know about polio, but this book presents its hidden real history in an engaging way, juxtaposing apparently unrelated stories of local life with medical theories and developments, all culminating in revelations that will make you question everything you’ve ever been told about this fearsome disease.

Highly recommended!


This is a brilliant work. Beautifully told, the story consists of many diverse threads of history, and Forrest Maready weaves them together into the logical fabric of truth that all can now easily understand.


Couldn’t put it down. A most important book. On par with Rachel Carson’s landmark book, Silent Spring.


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