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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420934643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420934649
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's no secret that America's most bully president was also its most bully outdoorsman and conservationist; what's often forgotten was how beautifully and authoritatively he wrote about the wilderness and his considerable experiences there. These two pre-White House narratives--Ranchman was originally published in 1885, Wilderness eight years later--are rich and vivid. The former chronicles Roosevelt's sojourns in the Dakota Badlands; the latter is an extended love letter to the pleasures and challenges of outdoor life. So what if some of his 19th-century ideas seem politically incorrect by the standards of the next century--magnificent prose is still magnificent prose. "Nowhere, not even at sea," writes the future First Hunter in one haunting passage, "does a man feel more lonely than when riding over the far-reaching seemingly never-ending plains ... [but] after a man has lived a little while on or near them, their very vastness and loneliness and their melancholy monotony have a strong fascination for him." By comparison, the isolation and weight of the Oval Office must have seemed like an afternoon stroll in the park. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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These two volumes from 1885 and 1893, respectively, revisit the days when men were men and animals ran for cover. Despite what may seem to be a shoot-everything-in-sight point of view, Teddy's true love of nature shines through.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This volume will be enjoyable to anyone who loves nature or reading about nature; it will also interest the hunter and naturalist. See the events that help shape the life the greatest president this country has ever seen. A true conservationist, Mr. Rooselvelt was a REAL nature lover - his opinions were shaped through personal experience.
The two books in this volume are highly recommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ed Houston (housted@flash.net) on September 26, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I have an original copy of the "Hunting Trips of a Ranchman" published in 1900. I found the book to be completely engrossing and was unable to put it down until read. It was one of those that I hatted to see end. This book give a very accurate look at the times.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By suetonius on July 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The two books contained in this Modern Library edition are organized by species with each chapter devoted to hunting a particular animal during a hunting trips in the late 19th century in the American West. Some hunts were primarily intended to harvest meat while others were more oriented towards collecting trophy specimens. At other times Roosevelt stumbles upon game and kills it merely because it happens to cross his path. The bloodthirstyness of the hunters will be a shock to modern readers. Even those familiar with hunting may be taken aback by Roosevelt's "kill anything that moves" hunting philosophy. A modern hunter is limited by hunting seasons, bag limits and will usually not kill females with young. This was not the case in Roosevelt's day. He and his hunting companions gleefully slaughter any animal they come upon whether it's a bear sow with immature juveniles or a large record-book specimen. It was a different time then but it is laughable to hear Roosevelt described as a concerned conservationist and proto animal rights activist if you have really read his writing. There is one particularly disturbing episode where Roosevelt is sitting beside a stream with his hunting companions and sees a small animal walking along unafraid. In a matter of seconds Roosevelt pounces on the small creature, gutting and skinning it with his bare hands and laughing at his Native American companion's uneasyness at his needless cruelty.
Roosevelt's writing has an unfortunate tendency towards hyperbole. For example, he is incapable of simply eating a meal, instead he has a magnificent feast or a delicious repast. There is an annoying tendency to employ cute phrases that grate on a modern reader's ear. He refers to bears as "Ephraim" or "Bruin" and all large animals are "brutes" or "savage brutes.
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By C. L. Ruckman on February 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book isn't just about killing insert animal. I wish I would have listened to my dad years ago, and read his copy. His descriptions on the landscape, views of the Native Americans, cowboys, and mention of wars, etc... give this book so much more then I went out tracked a bear and killed a bear. I am planning on buying more copies for friends and family.
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As a hunter and an outdoorsman (and a fan of Western novels), I have thoroughly enjoyed this book so far. I've completed the second book and am starting on the first now. The writing is obviously not in today's style, but I've embraced that as it lends to the authenticity. Recommended for hunters, outdoors-folk and environmentalists alike.
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