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A Sand County Almanac: With Other Essays on Conservation from Round River [Kindle Edition]

Aldo Leopold , Charles W. Schwartz
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Book Description

First published in 1949 and praised in The New York Times Book Review as "a trenchant book, full of vigor and bite," A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land.
Written with an unparalleled understanding of the ways of nature, the book includes a section on the monthly changes of the Wisconsin countryside; another part that gathers informal pieces written by Leopold over a forty-year period as he traveled through the woodlands of Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Sonora, Oregon, Manitoba, and elsewhere; and a final section in which Leopold addresses the philosophical issues involved in wildlife conservation. As the forerunner of such important books as Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, and Robert Finch's The Primal Place, this classic work remains as relevant today as it was forty years ago.

Editorial Reviews


"One of the seminal works of the environmental movement."--The Boston Globe

"I have used this text for twenty years and will continue to use it....It should be required reading for every high school senior."--Walter L. Cook, Jr., University of Georgia

"An inspirational classic--as relevant today as it was when first published in 1949."--Paul S. Miko, University of New Mexico

"We can place this book on the shelf that holds the writings of Thoreau and John Muir."--The San Francisco Chronicle

"It is safe to assume that A Sand County Almanac will be read for decades, and probably centuries to come."--William Vogt

"Any student of the natural resources and the environment is not yet educated if he or she has not read A Sand County Almanac."--Paul T. Tueller, University of Nevada at Reno

"A classic book, good to have in a [relatively] inexpensive edition."--Professor Marshall Spector, State University of New York

"A fine book--Robert Finch's introduction enhances a classic text."--Luther Erickson, Grinnell College

"Beautiful edition!"--Abby Lito, Middlebury College

"Special edition comments put this classic in needed perspective for modern students."--Burton E. Vaughan, Ph.D., Washington State University

About the Author

Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) began his professional career in 1909 when he joined the U.S. Forest Service. In 1924 he became Associate Director of the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, and in 1933 the University of Wisconsin created a chair of game management for him.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A most amazing set of essays about nature in the perspective of ...
A most amazing set of essays about nature in the perspective of each month of the year! It's so good, l listen to it over and over again, always hearing something I missed the... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Deborah Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful stories with true meaning of saving the earth and its creatures.
Published 22 days ago by Teresa Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great insight into the minds of people a century ago. A wonderful read.
Published 22 days ago by Wendy Casperson
3.0 out of 5 stars ... idea of a land ethic strikes me as a better idea than further...
The author's idea of a land ethic strikes me as a better idea than further government regulation about land use. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Trey Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the finest books ever written.
Published 1 month ago by Phil Burton
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Good read
Published 1 month ago by G'man
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing and good information and food for thought
Another of my forever favorites. Great writing and good information and food for thought.
Published 1 month ago by constant reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kind of reminds me of Thoreau, On Walden Pond
Published 1 month ago by Scruples
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of an ecologist
To me, the Sand County Almanac is one of the best first steps into naturalism and ecology. I understand that it is not for everybody; it is a collection of essays more than it is a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David W. Ranseen
5.0 out of 5 stars For nature lovers and novices alike
This is a beautiful book. Decades after its release, the late Aldo Leopold's signature work remains a concise, easy-to-read, poignant message about the importance of nature in our... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Josh VanBrakle
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