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312REVIEWS ber and complexity of problems outpaced scientific efforts to manage the Black Mountains environment, even as most managers continued to believe in the eventual triumph oftraditional technological fixes. Silver leaves the reader in this chapter with a sense of the complexity of nature and the seeming inability of people to deal effectively with it. He asks, "what, if anything, have people done right during their long sojourn in the Black Mountains?" In the concluding chapter, "Stories from Four Thousand Feet," Silver addresses this question by offering alternative perspectives on the story as well as on the range's current and future state. The works ofvarious nature philosophers are drawn on in an effort to derive a new perspective which is realistic and somewhat resigned, yet affirmative and (I feel) ultimately positive. It is Silver's personal view, the view of an author who, better than most, knows the Black Mountains for what they are and is appreciative. This book has much to offer geographers. Although historical, Silver's work is geographically informed and contains a number of overtly geographic themes. Its contents range from local and regional economies and politics as pervasive driving forces in environmental management, to early scientific surveying and pure physical geography, to racial segregation, tourism, resources, population, environmental perception and many other traditional geographic subjects. Although lacking the level of quantitative and cartographic detail necessary for use as a direct data source, the book is very well cited/noted and contains an excellent index. The figures (all black and white) are useful and interesting. Both casual and academic/professional readers familiar with the southern Appalachians in particular will find this book enjoyable and hard to put down. In sum, Timothy Silver's Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains is a good example ofthe intersection ofgeography and history, and an interesting illustration ofthe fact that every landscape has a story to tell. The Unknown World of the Mobile Home. John Fraser Hart, Michelle J. Rhodes, and John T. Morgan. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD 2002. 142 pp., maps, figures, bibliography, index, cloth (ISBN 0-8018-6899-8). Sidney R. Jumper The Unknown World ofthe Mobile Home is a fascinating and important contribution to the social, economic, and political geography of the United States. It is especially appropriate in light ofthe scant attention previously paid to this form of housing—now occupied by more than 20 million Americans. In reality, most of Dr. Jumper is Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37919. E-mail: REVIEWS313 today's "mobile homes" could more appropriately be called "manufactured housing " and once sited they are almost never moved. They accounted for some 30% of all new single-family homes sold in 2000, and were the most rapidly growing form of housing in some regions. In spite of the many jokes that refer to their occupants as "trailer trash," and that play to the susceptibility of the structures to storm damage , mobile homes are increasingly the choice for housing by low- and middleincome Americans and today's models rival conventional homes in quality and appearance. Hart, Rhodes, and Morgan provide a brief but comprehensive history of the evolution of mobile home construction and distribution, and an intriguing analysis ofregional differences in types and distributions of such homes and their occupants. Using case studies in each major region ofthe nation, they offer detailed analyses of living conditions in mobile homes—including single-sited homes and those in various types and sizes of parks. Perspectives of mobile home owners, renters, park managers, and park owners are presented, revealing a number of notable regional differences. Most likely places for mobile home parks are those where large numbers of low-skilled workers are needed in manufacturing or construction, near military installations, in seasonal resort areas, and where costs of conventional homes are extraordinarily high. Single-sited homes are most common in rural areas, especially in the South and West. Case studies are offered for Lexington, Kentucky; northern New Mexico; Mercer County, North Dakota; upstate New York; Adams County, Wisconsin; Spersopolis (the Southeast's manufacturing belt); the Appalachian coal field; and several parts of Montana. Particular attention is...


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