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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 429 pages
  • Publisher: Caxton Press; First Edition / First Printing edition (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870044265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870044267
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Certainly everybody interested in raptors will want to read this fascinating and informative biography of Morley Nelson. Most highly recommended."—International Hawkwatcher
(International Hawkwatcher)

"It is truly an amazing book, and a fun, entertaining, and enlightening read!"—American Falconry
(American Falconry)

"Morlan Nelson, moreso perhaps than anyone in two centuries, is responsible for the field of American raptor conservation."—Halk Chalk
(Halk Chalk)

"No wonder. Morley Nelson has done nothing less than change the nation’s attitude toward raptors."—Black Canyon Quarterly
(Black Canyon Quarterly)

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When Morley Nelson was a boy, growing up on a farm on the North Dakota prairie, he watched a falcon knock a duck out of the sky. That event triggered a life-long passion.

Morley Nelson's name isn't in the forefront when people discuss the leading American conservationists of the 20th century. But many prominent people believe he deserves such recognition. His achievements in falconry, nature films, raptor-rehabilitation, conservation laws, raptor-electrocution issues and recovery of endangered peregrine falcons have made a major impact on the welfare of the birds of prey of North America and around the world.

But there is a lot more to Morley Nelson than his commitment to birds of prey. A member of Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation," he fought with the famed 10th Mountain Division during World War II, suffering grevious wounds while winning the Silver Star and the respect of the men who served with him. He has endured terrible personal losses. Arab shieks, Hollywood celebrities and state and national political figures have sought his counsel.

Cool North Wind is the story of a man who has lived life to the fullest.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rita J. Markel on November 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
There is a great story in the life of Morley Nelson, and Steve Stuebner tells it well in this fascinating biography. Nelson has dedicated his life to the rehabilitation and protection of raptors--those big birds that are really into eating meat. When an eagle pierces Morley's chin through to the roof of his mouth with its talons, Morley reasons that the bird hadn't done it with malice. It had simply mistaken his tongue for a snack. This book is loaded with "bits" like this--on Morley's life as a film maker, conservationist, family man, and soldier. Stuebner deftly relates incidents from Morley's service in the 10th Mountain Division during WW II, his grievous personal losses, and his professional triumphs. This is a book that anybody--not just raptor wonks--can enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ted Koch on December 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I laughed, I cried; two thumbs up!
This is a fast-paced story about an amazing man who has, through hard work, tenacity, and strong vision, accomplished more in his life than most people ever will. The life lessons he learns are lessons for everyone, and his outlook on life and philosophy are words to live by.
From his boyhood on a North Dakota Farm, through fighting the Germans in the mountains as a ski trooper in WW II, his scientific exploits, flying falcons with the royal families of the Middle East and making movies with Walt Disney - raising a family all the while - Morley's life story is hard to put down.
The only improvement I could have asked for was a little tighter editing of an already-tightly written book. But the story is so strong, you'll revel in each moment regardless. Steubner deserves huge credit for capturing the essence of this great man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Cool North Wind: Morley Nelson's Life With Birds Of Prey by Stephen Stuebner is the compelling story of Morley Nelson, a gifted naturalist with a special love for raptors, and a man whose work in falconry, nature films, raptor-rehabilitation, and the recovery endangered peregrine falcons (among other achievements), has long distinguished him as an exceptional and respected conservationist. Highly recommended reading for environmentalists and wildlife enthusiasts, this deftly written biography presents a complete picture of a World War II veteran, dedicated environmentalist, raptor expert, and truly remarkable man.
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Made movies for Disney with the Eagles and got the power companies to change the shape of the poles great read
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By Michael N. Kochert on September 16, 2013
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Very interesting book about a very unique indiviual. A good read. I found it ieasy to read,and the book kept my interest.
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