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A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There (Outdoor Essays & Reflections) Paperback – June 15, 1989
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Granted, these are only a few sentences out of the entire book. But it makes this work something other than the work which is seminal in the field of environmental philosophy and naturalism, and such censorship is intrinsically objectionable-note also that the publisher nowhere in this book tells you that such alterations have been made nor is this version described as an abridged or edited version. Further, this change makes this version unacceptable for use in teaching science courses where censorship because of ideology or market share is beyond the pale.
If you find any hint of evolution to be distracting (for one reason or another) from the fine naturalistic writing in which Leopold engages (evolution is not central to his argument or description), or are too cash-strapped to shell out an extra few bucks for the OUP edition or something at your local used book store or don't have the time to go to the library, by all means purchase this version. It is similar in most ways to Leopold's written work. But this is not to be mistaken for that work in its entirety.
"The other members of the fauna in which he originated are long since entombed within the hills. When we hear his call we hear no mere bird. We hear the trumpet in the orchestra of evolution. He is the symbol of our untamable past, of that incredible sweep of millennia which underlies and conditions the daily affairs of birds and men."
However in this edition, the sentence "We hear the trumpet in the orchestra of evolution" is absent.
Aldo Leopold is one of my personal heroes and Sand County Almanac is one of the finest pieces of environmental and philosophic writing. However, I'd suggest buying a different edition.
From Leopold's Sketches: "Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language."
Scientist, educator, forester, philosopher, writer -- Aldo Leopold appears to many as something of an enigma. In his earlier writings, Leopold was a very different man than we find in this volume. In Leopold's own words: "I was young then, and full or trigger-itch." This insightful classic is a gentle, scholarly, fatherly collection of essays, observations and stories. Like Thoreau's Walden, it is revered, loved and widely imitated. Leopold: "Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of a wolf. ... The cowman who cleans his range of wolves does not realize that he is taking over the wolf's job of trimming the herd to fit the range. He has not learned to think like a mountain. Hence we have ... rivers washing the future into the sea."
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Excellent read. Leopold was a very intelligent and well educated man. He wrote poetic and descriptive essays.Published 3 days ago by John P
The writing is as superb as the insights into the natural environments described with a delicate insight into a love of nature.Published 4 days ago by Ed Bull
Aldo Leopold was a Midwest born and raised ecologist whose work in the early 20th century created a foundation for many modern environmentalists. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
The human species is just one player in an unfathomably complex world. Unfortunately, all our brain capacity provides us with way too many trump cards in the game, without the... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Paul
This books is a must read of telling the reader of today what we no longer enjoy and have in our great outdoors.Published 22 days ago by scrivner
I am excited to have the book. However, I have never had a product arrive in such bad shape. There was a messy gunk all over the book cover. Read morePublished 23 days ago by KP
Really worth five stars for any naturalist or environmentalist--almost as well as Muir, finds words to describe that in nature untouched we commune deeply with things wild,... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Gregory Houseknecht