Underground by Will Hunt


A panoramic investigation of the subterranean landscape, from sacred caves and derelict subway stations to nuclear bunkers and ancient underground cities—an exploration of the history, science, architecture, and mythology of the worlds beneath our feet.When Will Hunt was sixteen years old, he discovered an abandoned tunnel that ran beneath his house in Providence, Rhode Island. His first tunnel trips inspired a lifelong fascination with explori...

Details Underground

Release DateJan 29th, 2019
PublisherSpiegel & Grau
GenreNonfiction, History, Travel, Science

Reviews Underground

  • Will Hunt
    To be fair, I wrote this book ;)
  • Jessaka
    Will Hunt spent time in the N.Y. underground, the subway tunnels. Revs did as well. Revs was a graffiti artist who spent many years using N.Y. City as a canvas. He became famous, but not in a way that made him money. Then Revs took a ladder, paints, and other tools of his trade into the subway tunnels at night when no one was watching. He picked out the most obscure sections, tose filled with darkness, to begin writing his book. With a paint roll...
  • Nick T. Borrelli
    Very cool book about the unique world of our subterranean landscape. Whether it be subway systems, mines, catacombs, underground tunnels, etc.... This is a fascinating world tour penned by an urban explorer who documents the amazing underground world that exists and that we rarely even notice or think about. A quick read but a very fun one that I found entertaining and enlightening. Definitely pick this one up when it comes out in January of 2019...
  • Mel
    Imagine yourself on an afternoon hike, stooping to push aside branches blocking a walk that meandered off the beaten path, and upon removing the pile of debris feeling the breath of a world beneath you coming from a small obscure opening in the ground. It takes a certain type of person to venture into this opening.Interesting and well-researched; more philosophical than I expected. Author Will Hunt, I discovered, is equal parts thrill-seeker, phi...
  • Flint Bill
    One of the best works of non-fiction I've read in a while. Elegantly written, meticulously researched. Hunt went everywhere for this book! So many discoveries to be made about the world's caves, catacombs, mines, sewers and other holes in the ground. And it's beautifully illustrated. Recommend a hundred times over.
  • Isa
    Underground is one of the most poetic, breathtaking and ambitious books I have read in a long time. Hunt offers a delightful and unexpected journey, a fantastic expedition full of discoveries, surprising facts and wonderful anecdotes. He is a clever and tenacious explorer, who places himself as an illuminating guide through the most secretive and curious places in a world I never suspected could exist. It is a boundary-breaking tale set between p...
  • R Littlefield
    This non-fiction work starts off as a personal, memoir exploration of the author's preoccupation with subterranean worlds and expands into a much broader investigation, which ultimately explores the very roots of human spirituality. A unique and poetic and illuminating read.
  • thefourthvine
    And this is why it is inadvisable to take recommendations from Overdrive, I guess, because I'm sure this book would be great for someone, but it was a resounding meh for me.The book is part travelogue, part philosophical meandering, and here's the thing: I am always here for travel stories, but you have to earn your wittering on about the human psyche and the universal urge and blah blah numinous liminal holy blah. You also have to keep the ratio...
  • Nicolaus Stengl
    “Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet” is an extraordinarily well-researched book about the cavernous realm just beneath us. Will Hunt is our Virgil, guiding us into and through the subterranean world, and enthusing this tour with erudition, vitality, and an explorer’s yearning to explore our world and our place in it. Will Hunt’s writing masterfully evokes W.G. Sebald; he mixes travelogue, biography, autobiography,...
  • Jocelyn
    I requested this book thinking it would be about something entirely different and was pleasantly surprised by what i found. This book travels (literally) into many different types of underground and goes into the historical, religious, and artistic aspects of each. Very engaging writing style and well edited, i thought this book was wonderful. I received a free review copy odd this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions ...
  • Sara
    This books combines basically all of my favorite things: travel, exploration, photography, graffiti, archaeology, anthropology....with a splash of philosophy. The author is present in the narrative but not irritatingly so. The book feels personal without feeling autobiographical. I want to read a full book on just about every chapter - the mythology and consistent fascination with the underground throughout human history is truly fascinating.
  • Ariel
    This book was absolutely fantastic. Hunt is a fantastic writer, who manages to make his trips to these various places both scary and charming, and does an excellent job of conveying the importance and fascination of the history surrounding it all. I learned so many things I didn't know before, and want to spew these facts at everyone I know, which I consider a mark of greatness in nonfiction. Definitely read.Thanks Edelweiss for an e-arc! It gets...
  • Out of the Bex
    A love letter to a lost world.Will Hunt chronicles his search for meaning in the oft undiscovered world beneath our feet with a work that is part travel journal, part anthropological study. Hunt writes of his numerous explorations underground from the catacombs of Paris and the vast tunnels of NYC, to untouched caves in South America and Australia—and everything in between. His thoughtful commentary remarks on the discoveries of some of history...
  • Karen
    https://booksnooks.wordpress.com/2019...Beneath my feet lies a 300 million-year-old petrified rainforest– the second largest in the world. Pictures of it can be seen here. It’s incredible to imagine that this snowy countryside was once a tropical rainforest and that its remains are now buried deep below where I stand today. Scientific proof of what once was. Do you ever wonder about what used to be? Do you wonder about what can’t be seen.Wi...
  • Tyler Ruggles
    A remarkable book: beautifully written, deeply researched, full of fresh and bold ideas. Bought a copy for everyone in my family!
  • Joyce
    This is the kind of quirky book that I love--lots of history, geography, geology, literature, psychology, religion, all tied to a single idea: underground spaces, natural and man-made, and how they've been used over the millennia. I'd never consider going caving myself--I'm way too claustrophobic--but I enjoy reading about the pleasures and all that is to be found. Hunt recounts his research into these spaces from ancient caves to disused subway ...
  • Tyler Ruggles
    Remarkable book: beautifully written, deeply researched, full of fresh and bold ideas. Bought a copy for everyone in my family!
  • Lauri
    I loved this book, I can't recommend it enough. First of all, it is beautifully written - Will Hunt is an Author, in the truest sense of the word. Second, it is much more than just an exploration of underground spaces around the world - an abandoned train tunnel in my own city of Providence, the catacombs in Paris, prehistoric caves in Europe, sewers and old subway stations in NYC, and whole underground cities in Turkey. It is an examination of w...
  • Julianna
    I just want to be in a hole in the ground Fascinating and entertaining, with some truly beautiful prose, especially toward the end. Extensively researched and engaging. I'll know I'll be revisiting this for inspiration down the line.
  • Kendra
    Will Hunt writes about being underground so well that I actually experienced a touch of claustrophobia reading this book. It's a terrific read: one very individual lifelong interest in what lies beneath our cities, fields, farms, mountains, and deserts. Hunt goes caving and lives with the dark in numerous places and with complete respect for the cultures into whose caves he ventures.I loved learning about how cave spirits are universal, that the ...
  • Naomi Youngstein
    What an interesting and unusual book! I appreciated the visuals and thought that the chapter on the French bison was particularly compelling.
  • Jypsy
    Underground delves into a subject that most of us never think about. What is going on underground? This book explores that question in fascinating ways. Subways, tunnels, and many places we know nothing about. People live and die underground. It is its own culture. I recommend this book for everyone. It's a good idea to know what is going on underground. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
  • Tessy Consentino
    What a fascinating book!
  • Steve
    Falls short in contentThere is so much below us - subways, water pipes, sewage, electrical wires, etc - that have helped create the society we know. Yet the book focuses on the role of the underground in folklore and religion, which was I found only somewhat interesting. The book was also memoir, but this part was also bland. Memoirs can be worked well into stories like this, for example “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs,” by Steve Brusatte...
  • Jasen
    I played in the storm drains of my neighborhood as a kid but never had the call of the wild to go as deep as Will does; all over the world to explore dark, dank, deep, and wildly spiritual places. Wonderful read that seems to get stretched a bit in places, is has a good map of underground places to explore in individual lives, geography, literature, myth, spirit, and wonder. Some quotes:“Down any underground hollow, we feel, if not a full tempe...
  • Susan Olesen
    Wow. What a book!Hunt is a cave lover from his youth, and recounts a life of exploring things underground, from traveling the length of Paris through underground warrens and tunnels, the abandoned tunnels and chasms under NYC inhabited by the forgotten. He takes you along on explorations of sacred Aboriginal caves, visits privately owned caves with relics that date back 14,000 years, to the multitude of Mayan caves, where most relics date back to...
  • Thomas
    Who woulda thunk that you'd get a lesson on Native American origin mythology and the latest theory of evolution from an astrophysicist who keeps up with microbiology while being taken on a virtual tour of an abandoned gold mine?Who woulda expected to learn about placating the old Mondongs by walking the red marlu's songline to the Wilgie Mia? And also learn the importance of ochre?Who woulda figured that Will Hunt would get lost in the Parisian c...
  • Eden
    2019 bk 151. This book is a keeper. It is a memoir of the underground life Will Hunt has encountered in his years as first an urban explorer (beginning about age 11) to his developing interest in all things underground. He takes us on his journey into the subterranean subway, train, and utility tunnels of Providence, Rhode Island, New York City, and Paris. Caves that are important encounters with man's earliest history are visited in Australia, F...
  • Becky
    I have a lifelong fascination with underground places (I blame Tolkien and Infocom games), so I was happy to find this well-written, thoughtful book. It's not so much a history as an exploration of how underground places function as cultural symbols. As someone who read and writes in the fantasy genre, I really enjoyed thinking about the anthropological and mythic dimensions of our relationships with built and natural landscapes.Also, I had the s...
  • Brian
    I loved this book. The subject matter involved something I've never really considered: the relationship between humans and going underground. Each chapter was a separate "case study" interwoven with the author's own experiences. Though the book contains some photographs, I found myself looking up many different structures, artwork, human remains, that the author discussed. There's a lot of interesting info in this book I had never heard of before...