Hidden Maryland: In Search of America in Miniature
Published by: independently published
Release Date: September 26, 2022
Contributors: Eugene L. Meyer
Tour the USA — in Maryland! This oddly-configured state — the ninth smallest — has been called "American in Miniature." Within its borders: maritime (Chesapeake!) and mountains (Appalachia), the industrial north (Baltimore), the plantation South (Southern Maryland). It's all here in Hidden Maryland: In Search of America in Miniature. Gene Meyer has spent decades exploring the state's hidden nooks and crannies, meeting people and finding places not on any traditional tour map. This richly illustrated guide through the state's regions, with side trips to its sporting life, military history and more, will delight and enthrall you. Plus, unique profiles of such Free State personalities as noir novelist and filmmaker George Pelecanos, wine guru Robert Parker, and Tony Mendez, the CIA operative behind ARGO, the successful extraction of American hostages in Iran turned into a 2012 Oscar-winning film, and Charlie Koiner, an honest-to-goodness urban farmer. In search of America in Miniature? You will find it all here, in Gene Meyer's readable, viewable Hidden Maryland.
"If Maryland is for crabs, then Gene Meyer is for Maryland. He's visited every corner of the state. That's no easy task, given how squiggly Maryland's border is in places. And after decades spent plumbing every nook and cranny -- from seashore to mountain -- Gene reveals a simple truth: Maryland's greatest natural resource is its people." – John Kelly, Washington Post columnist
"Back when Gene Meyer wrote for The Washington Post, I followed him closely. His stories from across Maryland popped with discovery and read-out-loud prose. His superb story-telling skills obviously continued into his Hidden Maryland days. In each tale, he makes his readers feel like fellow travelers." – Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun columnist