Heinrich does his best to combine science writing, nature writing, the physiology of running, and entymology. The only part I liked was the running. Granted, I know enough science and nature that I didn’t learn anything new from his writing, not even new perspectives on old things, but he failed in one critical aspect. He didn’t make me care either about him or the places he was writing about. Except the fact that he came from a family of Nazis and refused to admit it. February 2008.