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Amazon Best of the Month, August 2009: "The movement for the conversation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method." So wrote Theodore Roosevelt, known as the "naturalist President" for his efforts in protecting wildlife and wilderness, merging preservation and patriotism into a quintessential American ideal. The Wilderness Warrior, Douglas Brinkley's massive(ly readable) new biography, intrepidly explores the wilderness of influences (Audubon and Darwin), personal relationships (Muir and Pinchot), and frontier adventures (too many to mention) that shaped Roosevelt's proto-green views. Topping 800 pages (ironically, one wonders how many trees fell for the first printing), The Wilderness Warrior makes an excellent companion to Timothy Egan's The Big Burn and Ken Burns's The National Parks: America's Best Idea. --Jon Foro --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Theodore Roosevelt spent the day of July 1, 1908, the tenth anniversary of the Battle of San Juan Hill, creating forty-five national forests. In this biographical study of T.R.’s campaign to save hundreds of millions of acres of wilderness, Brinkley writes that “the forestry movement would be forced down his opponents’ throats.” Roosevelt’s intense love for nature was, Brinkley makes clear, a conqueror’s love—triumphal Darwinism—and included a “blood lust” in hunting the wildlife he championed. The baby bear that, in popular myth, T.R. refused to shoot was actually an adult bear that he directed to be dispatched with a knife. Brinkley fully inhabits Roosevelt’s mind, a condition that has its disadvantages—the book, with blow-by-blow accounts of college hiking trips and squabbles between naturalists, does not entirely earn its nine hundred pages, making it harder to see the forests (and the story of how T.R. rescued them) for the trees. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Fantastic work about the history of saving our Country, by creating so many National parks, and stopping the Ploomers from wiping out the Birds at the turn of the Century. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Blaster
A great book, covering a great topic, encompassing a great American - Theodore Roosevelt! What he did to save millions of acres for our children's children is a debt we can only... Read morePublished 2 months ago by THOMAS JENSEN
Douglas Brinkley does a masterful job in bringing to life the naturalist Theodore as opposed to the political Theodore. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan Harrison
This book is amazing! Douglas Brinkley tells you everything you need to know in regards to Teddy Roosevelt and his love of nature, as well as his role in the Conservation Movement.Published 4 months ago by Austin Baker
Having just finished this book, I feel compelled to write a review for the first time.
This book is easily the worst history book that I have read in a long time. Read more
Great book for anyone interested in presedential history or conservation. Although lengthy, I found it quote informative and enjoyable to read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by phillip j roscher
I haven't been much of a student of American history, but a trip west this past summer opened my eyes to the beauty and diversity that we miss east of the Mississippi (which... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gill Hunter