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Goatwalking: A Guide to Wildland Living Paperback – June 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140122478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140122473
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Rancher, teacher and social activist Corbett reflects on the pastoral nomadism of "goatwalking," as well as on his experiences in the political sanctuary movement.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Corbett presents a potpourri of his beliefs and experiences as a former goat raiser, naturalist, activist, and Quaker whose wanderings have led him to many locations in the United States and Latin America. Goatwalking tells what it is like to be a goat raiser and pastoral nomad in the United States. Corbett describes the brutality he has witnessed as an activist in the sanctuary movement. In his search for solutions, he expounds upon human rights and civil disobedience in the spirit of Henry David Thoreau, Saul Alinsky, and Gandhi. Corbett peppers each essay with his view on how the practices of various religions relate to the subject he is discussing. He tends to overdo the religious aspects, which distracts readers from the essence of the essays. Nevertheless, there is a lot to learn in Goatwalking about raising goats, environmentalism, religion, and politics. Recommended for theology and political science collections.
- Irwin Weintraub, Rutgers Univ. Libs., Piscataway, N.J.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Read his book and you'll find he was a fantastic writer too.
Breja E. Gunnison
He then uses that sense of living on the land throughout the rest of the book especially as it relates to the events of the Hebrew and Christian Bibles.
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This book is a must read for anyone interested in considering where our society has gone astray, and how we can return to the true path.
David A. James

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David A. James on March 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
This singular and highly important book should not be out of print. Corbett writes on life, faith, and action in a poetic and prophetic voice. His call is toward a far more difficult path than one finds in much of what passes for "religious" action in today's society. His mind is on fire, and he ranges over a vast, and seemingly unrelated realm of subjects including politics, philosophy, faith, ecology, civil disobedience, wilderness survival, and how to raise (and slaughter) goats. Somehow he manages to pull it all together into a seamless whole. His suggestions for building a truly catholic (in the all inclusive form of the word) church point the way toward a true morality, something greatly needed in these times of moral posturing by our leading politicians and religious leaders.
This book is a must read for anyone interested in considering where our society has gone astray, and how we can return to the true path.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By sondee on January 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is part journal and part manifesto of Jim Corbett's experience trekking back and forth across the Sonoran Desert as a "coyote"guide for Mexican, Guatamalan and Equedoran refugees from the 'covert' destabilization campaigns that the US was waging in Central America in the 1980s. Equal parts goatherder and revolutionary, Corbett covers in detail a variety of issues ranging from the dietary requirements of goats and people in the desert to an account of the legal hassles Guatamalan refugees encountered after successfully walking across the desert to the apparent safety of Tucson AZ. This book is a poetic snapshot of the people affected by last stages of the US's outdated coldwar policies and an educated loner who gave a damn.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Johnson on April 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book like walking, meanders in and out of many ideas and worlds. Sometimes this is disconcerting, but it also inspiring. And really tells how you can achieve self sufficency by goatwalking.
I hope one day to re read this while sitting in a canyon far from civilization with my goats in the distance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Breja E. Gunnison on November 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this book right after I finished my own wilderness-wandering, in the same part of the desert that Corbett wandered in before he died. Go to Wikepedia and search for Jim Corbett. You'll find that he was an intensely inspiring person. Read his book and you'll find he was a fantastic writer too. Your jaw will be dropping. Read it.
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