More than 8.5 million people visit Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, every year to experience the culture of the oldest Amish community in the world. This book by the leading scholar of the Amish explains the uncommon lifestyle of these simple-living people who intrigue so many visitors. Mini essays on all aspects of Amish life, from dress and spirituality to horse-and-buggy transport, are accompanied by beautiful full-color photographs. The author also discusses myths about the Amish, their selective use of technology, the current media attention to Rumspringa, and the tragedy at the Nickel Mines school.
Donald B. Kraybill is Distinguished Professor and Senior Fellow Emeritus in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College. He has published numerous books on the Amish, including The Riddle of Amish Culture (978-0-8018-6772-9) and The Puzzles of Amish Life (978-1-5614-8001-2).