- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: North Point Press; First Edition edition (November 9, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0865476888
- ISBN-13: 978-0865476882
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,321,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. In the midst of environmental-policy gloom and global-warming doom, Weidensaul's poetic account of his travels to several scattered wilderness oases of North America is an unexpected tonic. The naturalist and author (Living on the Wind) certainly waxes caustic about the current administration's ecological evils; bemoans the impact of Earth's warming trend on northern ice packs and southern wetlands; decries the near (sometimes total) extinction of a multitude of fauna and flora; and laments the incursion of "invasive exotics"—foreign plants, insects, animals and fish that are crowding out native species. But in retracing the steps of American birding guru Roger Tory Peterson and British naturalist James Fisher's legendary 1953 trek—from Newfoundland's craggy coastline, down the East Coast, into Mexico and up the West Coast to Alaska—Weidensaul time and again celebrates pockets of species survival, optimistically hailing "the resiliency of wild America." His brief excerpts from and steady references to Wild America, the classic wilderness account penned by his predecessors, ought to renew deserved interest in the original book. But this engrossing state-of-nature memoir, making a vibrant case for preserving America's wild past for future Americans, promises to become a classic in its own right. 8 pages of illus., 6 maps not seen by PW.
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*Starred Review* Accomplished writer-naturalist Weidensaul, author of Living on the Wind(1999), has long been inspired by Wild America (1955), a now-classic account of a cross-country journey undertaken by the "birding guru" Roger Tory Peterson and naturalist James Fisher. Curious about what has changed since their adventures 50 years ago, Weidensaul set out on his own extraordinary quest, and consequently his gorgeously detailed, involving, and provocative chronicle of the state of wetlands, deserts, mountains, forests, plains, and coral reefs moves across two grand landscapes--terrain described by Peterson and Fisher and land Weidensaul arduously traverses. As Weidensaul observes beetles in Appalachia, seabirds in Newfoundland, invasive species wreaking havoc in Florida, the symbiosis between salmon and trees in the Pacific Northwest, ocelots in Texas, condors in Arizona, and the alarming signs of global warming in Alaska, he explicates the unintentionally deleterious effect human activities are having on the biosphere. But Weidensaul also revels in the ingenuity and beauty, resiliency and resurgence of nature, and reports on impressive conservation success stories. One of the many traumatic lessons of Hurricane Katrina is that environmental concerns are real and that we must commit to protecting the biosphere and ourselves. Donna Seaman
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Scott's a superb naturalist and brilliant writer, with a global view based on a lifetime of first hand experience in the field all over the world, who's books are interwoven into an incredibly dense fabric of hard facts and rich anecdotal threads. This book recreates the epic journey of Peterson and Fisher chronicling the changes good and bad, and is a thrill to those of us who have also visited many of the same places, and now know more of its history through this book. Scott's book "Living on the Wind" is an absolute Masterpiece.