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Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness Paperback – April 15, 1996
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Peacock is a man who can write lyrically and genuinely about the wilderness, who can stand tall while staring a grizzly in the eyes, and yet who can't attend a party, or walk through a city, or even meet an innocuous stranger who has expressed an interest in chatting with him.
I've read a few other books by people who share Peacock's gruff no-compromise attitude when it comes to environmental protection, and have been really bothered by the sense that they seem to have formed a "we understand nature and you don't" club that excludes most of the environmental movement. Authors Gary Ferguson and Rick Bass (who spent some wilderness time with Peacock) have managed to make this model of environmental conservation seem childish and churlish. But Peacock, who is basically writing the same argument, gives this idea wings on which we soar.
Peacock is brutally honest about himself, and about how his war experiences in Vietnam shattered his soul and left him thrashing about the country in a state of spiritual agony. When he relates a story about becoming frustrated with a payphone operator, and then taking out a shotgun and blowing the telephone to bits, we know that he's not billing himself as a healthy individual.
This honesty lets us see the genuine love that Peacock has for nature in general and grizzly bears in particular. He is well-versed in the scientific side of environmental preservation, and gives us plenty to chew on as far as the good and bad of the institutions that are involved with grizzly bear issues.Read more ›
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At the time of the publication of this book, I'm sure the saga of a returning Vietnam Vet was a unique and inspiring tale. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Wesolowski
“Grizzly Years” is a memoir written by a disenchanted Vietnam veteran who took to backpacking in the American wilderness looking for the grizzly bear. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dataman
I began this book captivated by Peacock's exquisite use of the English language and his vivid descriptions of the back-country in Yellowstone and Glacier. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jana Kralovna
An interesting tale with some fiction thrown in, I find it hard to follow someone who is telling a story while fabricating it as well - names have been changed to "protect"... Read morePublished 8 months ago by wyoming reader of the range
Doug Peacock grew up in rural northern Michigan. As a boy, he spent a lot of time alone outdoors, exploring the woods, swamps, and streams. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard Reese (author of Understanding Sustainability)
Nobody writes like Doug Peacock. A classic everyone should read. Doug's love for the bears shines through in vivid contrast with his time in Viet Nam. Well done.Published 8 months ago by RockHound
This is a wonderful book for anyone who is interested in the wild outdoors and human impact on it. I enjoyed the writing style and could hardly put it down. I highly recommend it.Published 9 months ago by Che
A tremendous volume of history, Pleistocene anthropology, climate change commentary, and common sense. Just a fantastic read.Published 9 months ago by Randall W. Graves