A Sand County Almanac

A Sand County Almanac

Paperback Outdoor Essays & Reflections

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


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 53mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 24 September 1992
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 019505928X
  • ISBN 13: 9780195059281
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 77,765

Product description

Published to mark the centenary of the birth of Aldo Leopold, one of the world's foremost conservationists, this is a special edition of an outspoken and highly ethical view of America's relationship to the land. It is considered a seminal work of the environmental movement.

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Author information

Aldo Leopold, long a member of the National Wildlife Federation's Conservation Hall of Fame, was posthumously honored in 1978 with the John Burroughs Medal in tribute to a lifetime of work in conservation and, in particular, for A Sand County Almanac.Robert Finch is the author of The Primal Place and Common Ground: A Naturalist's Cape Cod.

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)