More than half of Maine has never been settled: millions of acres of quasi-wilderness. Add to this the thousands of farms that have grown back to woods since the Civil War, and you have the most forested state, percentage wise, in the United States. But the "uninterrupted forest" that Henry David Thoreau first saw in the 1840s was never exactly uninterrupted, for loggers had cut it severely, settlers had gnawed into it, and the Indians, much earlier, had left their mark. This is the story of these lands--wild then and, in many places, wild still--and the humans who used them and shaped them and fought over them. We go deep into geologic time to understand the land and the trees that grow on it, and then hear the stories of people and events that have shaped it further: Native Americans, French, English, Puritans, settlers, loggers, speculators, great proprietors, surveyors, soldiers, squatters, industrialists, game poachers, conservationists, philosophers, artists, writers, sportsmen (and women), nature lovers, property rightists, preservationists, hermits, mystics, and picturesque characters of every stripe that have created and still create their own legends. Here is the background to see the Maine Woods in perspective. 2001 paperback, 402 pages.