A Sand County Almanac: With Other Essays on Conservation from 'Round River'

A Sand County Almanac: With Other Essays on Conservation from 'Round River'

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By (author) Aldo Leopold, Introduction by Robert Finch, Illustrated by Charles W. Schwartz

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 15mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 6 March 1968
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195007778
  • ISBN 13: 9780195007770
  • Edition: 2, Enlarged
  • Edition statement: Enlarged edition
  • Illustrations note: numerous text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 22,128

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First published in 1949 and praised in The New York Times Book Review as "a trenchant book, full of vigor and bite," A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land. Written with an unparalleled understanding of the ways of nature, the book includes a section on the monthly changes of the Wisconsin countryside; another part that gathers informal pieces written by Leopold over a forty-year period as he traveled through the woodlands of Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Sonora, Oregon, Manitoba, and elsewhere; and a final section in which Leopold addresses the philosophical issues involved in wildlife conservation. As the forerunner of such important books as Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, and Robert Finch's The PrimalPlace, this classic work remains as relevant today as it was forty years ago.

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Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) began his professional career in 1909 when he joined the U.S. Forest Service. In 1924 he became Associate Director of the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, and in 1933 the University of Wisconsin created a chair of game management for him.

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"One of the seminal works of the environmental movement."--The Boston Globe"I have used this text for twenty years and will continue to use it....It should be required reading for every high school senior."--Walter L. Cook, Jr., University of Georgia"An inspirational classic--as relevant today as it was when first published in 1949."--Paul S. Miko, University of New Mexico"We can place this book on the shelf that holds the writings of Thoreau and John Muir."--The San Francisco Chronicle"It is safe to assume that A Sand County Almanac will be read for decades, and probably centuries to come."--William Vogt"Any student of the natural resources and the environment is not yet educated if he or she has not read A Sand County Almanac."--Paul T. Tueller, University of Nevada at Reno"A classic book, good to have in a [relatively] inexpensive edition."--Professor Marshall Spector, State University of New York"A fine book--Robert Finch's introduction enhances a classic text."--Luther Erickson, Grinnell College"Beautiful edition!"--Abby Lito, Middlebury College"Special edition comments put this classic in needed perspective for modern students."--Burton E. Vaughan, Ph.D., Washington State University

Editorial reviews

Essays - slight and charming enough- which range from the descriptive to the philosophical, and which would have very limited appeal to those who enjoy random bits of nature. The book falls into three sections:- Part I- the Almanac of a week-end refuge on a Wisconsin farm, round the seasons; II- sketches taking issue with conservation as it is practised, based on some forty years of observation; III- his creed of conservation, as an extension of ethics from people to land. The second section expands the regional interest from the Wisconsin locale of the first section, to the far cry of Mexico to Manitoba. He pulls no punches in his attack on the degeneration of sports, with bigger and better gadgets, in his opinion that most conservation is local alleviation, and that land health is better than land doctoring. But unfortunately, the general flavor of his writing, and the appearance of the book, with its charming sketches by Charles W. Schwartz, do not give one a sense of actually challenging the reader. (Kirkus Reviews)