Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz
Spying on the South is a beautiful narrative by Tony Horwitz as he travels through the American South on the very same paths Fredrick Law Olmsted took in the mid 1800s. Whether you have never been to the south or you were born and raised there, this book is a glimpse into the most hated, loved, and mythologized region in America. His trip, filled with steamboat rides down the Mississippi, monster truck rallies, and iconic plantations, weaves together the historical and political and reflects on how the south has or (mostly) has not changed since the Civil War. Plaques and confederate soldier statues serve as physical reminders of that brutal divide in American history, and the question still remains: is America just as divided now?