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Round River: From the Journals of Aldo Leopold 2 Sub Edition

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ISBN-10: 1559710845
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"Leopold celebrates the wilderness, stressing the need to preserve this precious legacy."--The Los Angeles Times Book Review

"We can be grateful for the opportunity...to spend another pleasant and profitable hour in the company of a man who was perhaps the most provocative student of land and wildlife conservation that our country has produced."--The New Yorker

"Aldo Leopold laid the foundation upon which current wildlife conservation policies rest....Leopold's writing is a mine of metaphor containing gems that are often quoted...A highly recommended gift for the outdoosperson or the lover of nature and wildlife."--Steve Brock, Internet Book Reviewer

"A rejuvenating visit with the father of all natural resources workers."--Wildlife Review

"An observant, poetic volume."--The Los Angeles Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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To those who know the grace of Aldo Leopold's writing in A Sand County Almanac, this posthumous collection from his journals and essays will be a new delight. These daily journal entries on hunting, fishing and exploring, written in camp during his many field trips in lower California, New Mexico, Canada, and Wisconsin, indicate the source of Leopold's ideas on land ethics found in his longer essays. The excerpts from these journals - many taken from notes written around a camp fire, spattered with a slapped mosquito or a drop of coffee - show in direct context what he did in his own leisure time. The essays are taken from more contemplative notes which were still in manuscript when Leopold died, fighting a grass fire in 1948. Round River has been edited by Leopold's son, Luna, a geologist well-known in the field of conservation. It is also illustrated throughout with line drawings by Charles W. Schwartz. All admirers of Leopold's work - indeed, all lovers of nature - will find this book richly rewarding. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Northword Pr; 2 Sub edition (September 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559710845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559710848
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If your only other exposure to Aldo Leopold is through his Sand County Almanac, this book will likely be a departure from your perception of him.

Aldo Leopold was a practicing conservationist; he sustainably extracted valuable things from the land, and gave back to the land in other ways to repay his debt. With the possible exception of wilderness protection, he didn't subscribe to the "hands-off" approach of environmentalism that is often advocated today. He used to say any experience that reminded us of our "dependency on the soil-plant-animal-man food chain" was a valuable one.

Through his journal entries, the reader will follow Aldo on hunting and fishing trips. His entries here are more direct and less philosophical than his Almanac entries. They are the sharp and admiring field observations of a man taking part in all that the land has to offer. It is campfire talk with the most influential conservationist of our time.
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Leopold's essay, "Goose Music" is a classic must read. Too bad this chapter was left out of the anniversary edition of Leopold's Sand County Almanac.
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Came just like advertised and on time. Can't complain!
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Perfect! Thank you!
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I tend to throw all the naturalists/conservationists/environmentalists into one big group and think of them in similar terms. I temporarily forgot that Aldo Leopold came to the field with a hunting background. And even though he writes about being forever affected by the regretable dying fire in a she-wolf's eyes in _Sand County Almanac_, none of that feeling is conveyed here. There's a lot of hunting in this book. A lot. Part II is one camping trip after another, with a fair amount of innocent animals providing food along the way. If you're like me and would rather not witness the carnage, read just four or five of the selections: "A Man's Leisure Time," "Country," "Natural History," and all of Part III. You probably won't miss anything crucial by doing so, and you'll get the gist of Aldo Leopold's ideas about conservation and the land ethic. His philosophic musings make for worthwhile reading. It's too bad more of them don't appear here.
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