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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (March 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029916554X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299165543
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,965,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Leopold helped redefine our understanding of the natural world and provided much of the foundation for the modern environmental movement. His legacy can be seen everywhere." - Janet Ginsburg, Chicago Tribune "The Essential Aldo Leopold is a tribute to his amazing breadth, [drawing] on the voluminous range of Leopold's writings... from forest and range management to agriculture, to environmental policy, to the key role of education in persuading Americans to embrace a land ethic and practice conservation." - Mike Dombeck, former chief, U.S. Forest Service, Wisconsin Magazine of History "We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes.... I was young then, and full of trigger itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters' paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.' - Aldo Leopold"

About the Author

Curt D. Meine is senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and Research Associate with the International Crane Foundation. He is the author of Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work, published by the University of Wisconsin Press, and his most recent book is Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation. Richard L. Knight is professor of wildlife conservation, Colorado State University, and coeditor of several volumes including Wildlife and Recreation and Stewardship across Boundaries.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey L. Seglin on December 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In The Conference Board's magazine, "Across the Board," in a Nov/Dec 2000 article on the best business books read over the past year, I wrote:
"Over the past couple of years, I must have read 10 to 20 management books every month. Unfortunately, before long, many of these titles start reading the same, hoping to capitalize on the management trend of the moment. But every once in a while a book comes along that includes unique and clear-headed thinking and writing. When I was working on an article about environmental ethics in business, I came across a new collection of the writings of Aldo Leopold, the legendary conservationist of the 1930s and 1940s perhaps best known for A Sand County Almanac. Edited by Curt Meine and Richard L. Knight, The Essential Aldo Leopold: Quotations and Commentaries is not, strictly speaking, a business book, but contained here in many previously unpublished observations are the thoughts and ideas of a natural (in all senses of the word) manager. Leopold was a rare combination of someone who saw the need for conserving nature, but who also understood and encouraged experiencing the beauty and functionality of the outdoors." --Across the Board, Nov/Dec 2000
One of my favorite quotes of Leopold's from this collection:
"Relegating conservation to government is like relegating virtue to the Sabbath. Turns over to professionals what should be daily work of amateurs."
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Aldo Leopold was the author of "A Sand County Almanac" and one of the most influential conservationists of his day. In The Essential Aldo Leopold, Curt Meine and Richard Knight have collaborated to assembled a comprehensive collections of quotations from Leopold's extensive and diverse writings. These gems of wisdom, insight, and encouragement are organized in twenty-one chapters under the broad themes of conservation science and practice, conservation policy, conservation and culture. Each chapter begins with an introductory essay by a prominent conservation scholar to provide the reader with perspective on Leopold's numerous and varied contributions. The Essential Aldo Leopold is an essential, core title for any personal, academic, and professional environmental and conservation studies collection, and highly recommended reading for all Aldo Leopold admirers within the modern conservation movement.
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