Jeff Ryan, Author & Speaker

Blazing Ahead by Jeffrey H Ryan

Read an excerpt of my latest book, Blazing Ahead

My publisher, Appalachian Mountain Club Books, had posted an excerpt from my latest book Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail on their website. It will give you a flavor for my writing style and the fascinating tale of two complex personalities and how they—together and separately—created the world’s most famous footpath, the Appalachian Trail.Cover photo of Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail by Jeffrey H Ryan

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Jeffrey H Ryan is an author, adventurer, photographer and historian. He has written several books about his outdoor exploits, his fascination with hiking trails and the people and places found just off the beaten path. His debut book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America's trail was hailed by the former Executive Editor of National Geographic as "a classic of nature and travel writing" and set off a national tour (in a 1985 VW camper, no less). His books are known for weaving a deep appreciation for history into walks across contemporary landscapes that give readers the feeling they are hiking right alongside. When Jeff isn't trekking, chasing down a great story or spinning yarns from his keyboard, he enjoys sharing his adventures with audiences who love the outdoors. He spends much of his time in his beloved native state of Maine.

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