The Naturalist

The Naturalist

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A captivating new account of how Theodore Roosevelt s lifelong passion for the natural world set the stage for America s wildlife conservation movement and determined his legacy as a founding father of today s museum naturalism
No U.S. president is more popularly associated with nature and wildlife than is Theodore Roosevelt prodigious hunter, tireless adventurer, and ardent conservationist. We think of him as a larger-than-life original, yet in "The Naturalist," Darrin Lunde has firmly situated Roosevelt s indomitable curiosity about the natural world in the tradition of museum naturalism. As a child, Roosevelt actively modeled himself on the men (including John James Audubon and Spencer F. Baird) who pioneered this key branch of biology by developing a taxonomy of the natural world basing their work on the experiential study of nature. The impact that these scientists and their trailblazing methods had on Roosevelt shaped not only his audacious personality but his entire career, informing his work as a statesman and ultimately affecting generations of Americans relationship to this country s wilderness.
Drawing on Roosevelt s diaries and travel journals as well as Lunde s own role as a leading figure in museum naturalism today, "The Naturalist" reads Roosevelt through the lens of his love for nature. From his teenage collections of birds and small mammals to his time at Harvard and political rise, Roosevelt s fascination with wildlife and exploration culminated in his triumphant expedition to Africa, a trip which he himself considered to be the apex of his varied life. With narrative verve, Lunde brings his singular experience to bear on our twenty-sixth president s life and constructs a perceptively researched and insightful history that tracks Roosevelt s maturation from exuberant boyhood hunter to vital champion of serious scientific inquiry. "From the Hardcover edition.""
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  • CD-Audio
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House US Audio
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0147526620
  • 9780147526625

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Theodore Roosevelt, arguably our greatest peacetime president, left a lasting legacy of protecting America's natural beauty and awakening a nation of urban dwellers to the wonders of the outdoors. Darrin Lunde has captured Teddy's restless voice and explored the depths of his curiosity, from the Grand Canyon to the trails of Africa. This well-documented book reminds us of Roosevelt's great gift in making us aware of the splendors of natural history. Thomas Maier, author of "When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys"
Theodore Roosevelt comes alive in this vivid, textured portrait by Darrin Lunde, himselfone of our premier museum naturalists. I can think of no onemore qualified than Lundeto write about Roosevelt s love for trekking into nature, observing animal behavior, and collecting specimens for scientific study. Dr. Bill Schutt, zoologist and author of "Hell s Gate
Historians may define Theodore Roosevelt as a hard-charging politician, military hero, or rugged individualist, but Darrin Lunde does a masterful job of revealing our 26th president s true passion as a naturalist. Equally adept at ornithology, taxidermy, and big game hunting, Roosevelt sought to bring the splendors of nature to the cloistered city dweller by setting aside pristine wilderness for national parks and inevitably establishing extensive collections in the Smithsonian and American Museum of Natural History for science and education. Truly, he was The Naturalist. Christopher Kinsey, James Smithson Society "From the Hardcover edition.""
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