A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border

Porter Fox (Author)


A quest to rediscover America’s overlooked Northern territory—and a compelling case for how it is shaping the country’s future.

America’s northern border is the world’s longest international boundary, yet it remains obscure even to Americans. Travel writer Porter Fox spent two years exploring its length by canoe, freighter, and car—and in Northland, he delivers the little-known history of the region and a riveting account of his travels. Fox follows explorer Samuel de Champlain’s adventures; recounts the rise and fall of the iron, wheat, and timber industries; crosses the Great Lakes on a freighter; and tracks America’s fur traders through the Boundary Waters. Northland is full of colorful characters (railroad tycoon James J. Hill, Chief Red Cloud of the Lakota Sioux, Captain Meriwether Lewis) and extraordinary landscapes (Glacier National Park, the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Montana’s Medicine Line country). Throughout, Fox weaves in his encounters with residents, border guards, Indian activists, and militia leaders to give a dynamic portrait of the northland wracked by climate change, water wars, and heightened border security.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • Forthcoming July 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-24885-2
  • 6.1 × 9.3 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“In Northland, Porter Fox illuminates every imaginable facet of the northern border of the USA: historical, natural, economic, environmental, geopolitical, and, underpinning all these and above everything else, the human. This is a rip-roaring adventure story and all the more gripping for it. Set-piece after thrilling set-piece, Northland moves us across ecosystems, climates, and communities; reading it is to be both transported and transformed.” — Neel Mukherjee, author of A State of Freedom