Blehm (Agents of Change) offers a thorough if cumbersome account of the life of Randy Morgenson, a National Park Service ranger in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains whose zeal gave way to disillusionment before he disappeared on duty in 1996, after 28 summers on the job[...]. The book begins with the day Morgenson left his camp for a three-day patrol and then failed to make scheduled radio contact. From there, the narrative weaves the events of the ensuing search with descriptions of ranger life, tales of past incidents in the area and Morgenson's increasingly fraught personal history. Blehm's exhaustive research is impressive, although the author struggles to find the proper balance of background information and narrative pace, spending, for instance, an entire page on a peripheral reference to the California Conservation Corps when a sentence or two would have sufficed. He does, however, succeed in creating an empathetic portrayal of Morgenson and a revealing look at the taxing, underappreciated calling to which he dedicated himself. Readers are left with an intimate sense of an intelligent if flawed man whose love of the mountains ended up costing him his marriage, his ambitions and his life. 16-page b&w photo insert not seen by PW. (Apr. 7)
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In 1996, after nearly 30 seasons as a park ranger in the Sierra Nevadas, Randy Morgenson set off on a routine patrol and never came back. His body was found in July 2001, almost exactly five years after he disappeared. To this day, the circumstances of his death remain unclear. In this fascinating account, the product of several years' investigation, Blehm explores the many mysteries surrounding Morgenson. Why did the veteran ranger, a man whose knowledge of his territory was virtually encyclopedic, seem suddenly to be disillusioned with his life's work? Was his death an accident, foul play, or suicide? Did his single-minded quest to preserve the wilderness finally seem futile? Despite obvious comparisons to such best-sellers as Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild (1996), Blehm's book stands on its own just fine. A vibrant and ultimately tragic story of a man whose life was full of passion until the very end. David Pitt
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Very well written . It told how valuable it is to have park rangers out in the wilderness and and all the responsibilities they have in keeping everything safe and protected... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Merrynote
Fantastic well written book that gives insight into just what it takes to be back country ranger an the sacrifices made for so little in return highly recommend this bookPublished 20 days ago by randall g vojtko
I LOVED this book. Wow, the author did an amazing amount of research and a great job putting it down in an interesting format. I would recommend it to anyone. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Connie Westbrook
I purchased this book after reading "Fearless: The Story of Navy Seal Adam Brown. They are both such good books and now I look for Eric Blehm books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by barbara
an incredible true story-----riveting!--couldn`t put it down!Published 1 month ago by Frances M. Puckett
The Last Season pulls together a number of interlinked stories that all relate to the life and tragic death of Randy Morgensen.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan Ryan