"Tangled Roots makes a contribution to the literature of environmental conservation history that is as unusual as the trail itself. In a gentle, approachable, and engaging style it tells the history of one of the most important and beloved conservation initiatives in American history and at the same time comments on a wide range of subjects in ways that are both insightful and fresh."
-James Feldman, author of A Storied Wilderness
"Tangled Roots will find readership among environmental and forest historians and will end up on the Christmas lists and in the backpacks of the trail's many fans. It is original and well-researched, ranging the length of the trail and lingering in one or another spot to explore representative or illuminating developments."
-Kathryn Newfont, author of Blue Ridge Commons
"This superb history of the construction and management of the Appalachian Trail not only narrates the creation of the most famous long-distance hiking trail in modern America; it also offers a cautionary tale about the changing roles of private landowners, volunteer hiking enthusiasts, land managers, and federal agencies in the oversight of that trail. In so doing, Sarah Mittlefehldt beautifully illustrates the changing environmental politics of the twentieth century in a book whose implications extend far beyond the AT."
"Mittlefehldt adds insights from the contemporary environmental movement to her interpretation of the history of the Appalachian Trail.... Recommended."
"In this compelling history of the Appalachian Trail (AT), Sarah Mittlefehldt emphasizes community engagement, public-private cooperation, and environmental stewardship...politicians and citizens should read this excellent book to learn about the importance of grass-roots environmentalism combined with federal action. In fact, it will make for fine reading along the trail."
-Aaron Shapiro, North Carolina Historical Review
"Deftly avoiding the traps of both "top-down" and "bottom-up" history, Sarah Mittlefehldt's study of the decades-long struggle to create the Appalachian Trail explores the intersection of private activism with public policy at local, regional, and national levels...a welcome addition to the history of U.S. environmental policy and politics."
-Sarah T. Phillips, American Historical Review