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A Fierce Green Fire Paperback – September 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon; 1st edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560444789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560444787
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,310,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aldo Leopold (1886-1948) is revered among environmentalists and naturalists for many reasons: as an officer of the U.S. Forest Service, he was instrumental in formulating policies that helped protect wildlands and wild animals; as an activist, he helped found the Wilderness Society and other public-interest organizations; and as a writer, he crafted a number of fine, philosophically charged essays and books, including his famous memoir, A Sand County Almanac. Marybeth Lorbiecki's overview of Leopold's life addresses each of these contributions in turn, and it does a good job of explaining why Leopold's influence should endure today. Of added interest are the many photographs Lorbiecki has discovered in family and government archives, images that help flesh out a figure who has, in ecological circles, become something of a saint--and, as a result, a little unreal. Curt Meine's Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work addresses Leopold's work in greater depth, but readers seeking a sense of his many contributions, and why they matter, will find much of value in Lorbiecki's well-written pages. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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While not the first biography written about environmentalist Aldo Leopold (see Curt Meine's Aldo Leopold: His Life & Work, Univ. of Wisconsin, 1988), this one is definitely a worthwhile addition to the literature. Sufficient facts and context are provided to leave the reader informed yet not overburdened with detail. Environmental writer Lorbiecki does not offer much interpretation of events but rather allows us to see Leopold's development through description of his life and his own philosophical evolution. We see his emergence as a leader in wilderness preservation, and game and then wildlife management. We also see his development as a husband, father, and mentor. The presentation of Leopold's public and private lives is well balanced. He is portrayed here not as a saint but as a thinking man, willing to learn and change. Those unfamiliar with Leopold will relish this book; those who already know him will enjoy the retelling. This highly readable, lavishly illustrated biography is recommended for all environmental collections, public and academic.?Nancy J. Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs, Oxford, Ohio
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1997
Format: Paperback
Being an environmentalist and teacher I have long been acquainted with the work of Aldo Leopold. This book, while unstinting in praise for the man, lets his life work speak for itself. I was impressed by three things: One, the depth of his feeling for sustainable landscape, whether used or preserved. I had somehow believed that his revelation with the dying wolf was the beginning of his environmental conscience, but it was there almost from the beginning. Two, the evolution of his feeling for the preservation of wildlife. Although he was a hunter all his life, his feeling toward "predators" took a 180 degree turn during his life, as did the nation's, eventually. Finally, we see the handicaps he labored under, from an early severe illness to problems in later life, that makes his accomplishments even more impressive. I am often put off by biographers because they feel that every day in the life of their subjects mush somehow be accounted for. By what looks like severe editorial restraint, she allows her book to flow like an exciting novel. I have already bought extra copies for friends working with the enviornment and will probably do more
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2002
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I've been a long-time fan of Leopold's A Sand County Almanac. In reading it again recently, however, I realized how little I knew about Leopold's background. Lorbiecki's biography is a well-written introduction to one of the great 'fathers' of conservation.
Leopold's career truly ran the gamut, from foresty to public relations to writing to academia. But beyond his work life, Lorbiecki illustrates the importance family played for Leopold, both in shaping his values from childhood, and in the devotion he later showed to his wife and children.
I'd strongly recommend that anyone interested in Leopold, and more generally in the history of American land and game conservation, to give A Fierce Green Fire a try.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2000
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I don't agree with review #1. As a long time Leopold reader and having read Curt Meine's book, I think this treatment of Leopold is great for an introduction to the great man's life and work. This is the kind of book which makes you think about how you live, and what you can contribute to the greater good. Not an encyclopedia on Leopold, but a great intro.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on April 3, 2014
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I read this for a book group and had low expectations but it was more interesting than anticipated. I was actually disappointed when it ended, although the abrupt end may have played a role.
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More About the Author

Marybeth Lorbiecki is an award-winning author whose themes explore our relationships to each other, to the natural world of which we are a part, and to God. These interests led her to write books for adults about the conservationist Aldo Leopold and the ecological teachings of Ssints John Paul II and Francis, and Pope Francis. She also loves writing for children. She began as a children's book editor long ago and now has written over twenty-five books of fiction and nonfiction for young readers.

She's presently the director of the Interfaith Ocean Ethics Campaign, which is working to make people of faith aware of their calling to care for all creation, but specifically ocean peoples, systems and species. www.oceanethicscampaign.org

Because of her extensive research on the ecological teachings of St. John Paul II, the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace has consulted with her. Her professional career has spanned being a book editor, university professor, freelance writer, marketing communication writer, and more. She has an M.A. in English and spent an additional post-graduate year studying philosophy in a global dorm in England as an International Rotarian Scholar. She now lives in Hudson, Wisconsin with her husband, son, dogs, cats, and chickens. Her daughters have already flown the coop for college.

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