Sand County Almanac

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"We can place this book on the shelf that holds the writings of Thoreau and John Muir." San Francisco Chronicle

These astonishing portraits of the natural world explore the breathtaking diversity of the unspoiled American landscape — the mountains and the prairies, the deserts and the coastlines. A stunning tribute to our land and a bold challenge to protect the world we love.

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Overview

"We can place this book on the shelf that holds the writings of Thoreau and John Muir." San Francisco Chronicle

These astonishing portraits of the natural world explore the breathtaking diversity of the unspoiled American landscape — the mountains and the prairies, the deserts and the coastlines. A stunning tribute to our land and a bold challenge to protect the world we love.

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Editorial Reviews

Bookpage
"In this new edition, Sewell's photography illustrated the time-honored text with splendid color photographs taken on location at Leopold's property. This is a great book to read snuggled under a blanket ... or to give to anyone on your list who could use a closer communication with the natural world."
Publishers Weekly
These original essays on the natural environment by renowned conservationist Leopold (1887-1948) were first published posthumously in 1949. In this edition, more than 80 lush photographs shot by nature photographer Sewell on Leopold's former Wisconsin farm accompany the text. Following the seasons, Leopold, whose seminal work in the U.S. Forest Service and in books and magazines helped shape the conservation movement in this country, shared his perceptive and carefully observed portraits of nature month by month. In April, he watched the "sky dance" of the woodcock, who flew upward in a series of spirals. As he hunted partridges in October, his way was lit by "red lanterns," the blackberry leaves that shone in the sun. A November rumination details how the products of tree diseases provide wooded shelters for woodpeckers, hives for wild bees and food for chickadees. Included also is an appreciative essay on wild marshland and several pieces stressing the importance of protecting the natural environment. Leopold sadly observed, "there is yet no ethic dealing with man's relation to land and to the animals and plants which grow upon it." His hope that society would develop an "ecological conscience" by placing what should be preserved above what is economically expedient remains relevant today. These evocative essays about the farm Leopold loved will again be enjoyed by nature lovers and preservationists alike. Though the book has been continuously in print, this beautiful illustrated edition, with its introduction by nature writer Brower (The Starship and the Canoe) will attract fans and newcomers and will make a great gift book this holiday season. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners BusinessInformation.
The San Francisco Chronicle
We can place this book on the shelf that holds the writings of Thoreau and John Muir.
Boston Globe
One of the seminal works of the environmental movement.
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One of the seminal works of the environmental movement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345345059
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1986
  • Series: Ecological Main Event Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 50,393
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Reader STEWART L. UDALL is himself a pioneer of the conservation movement. He served as Secretary of the Interior for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

ALDO LEOPOLD (1887-1948) began his professional career in 1909 when he joined the U.S. Forest Service. In 1924 he became Associate Director of the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, and in 1933 the University of Wisconsin created a chair of game management for him. His travels in Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Oregon, Manitoba, and other destinations are reflected in his writing.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Delights and Dilemmas of a Sand County Almanac xv
Part I: A Sand County Almanac
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Part II: Sketches Here and There
Wisconsin
Illinois and Iowa
Arizona and New Mexico
Chihuahua and Sonora
Oregon and Utah
Manitoba
Part III: The Upshot Conservation Esthetic 165
Wildlife in American Culture 177
Wilderness 188
The Land Ethic 201
About the Author 227
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  • Posted November 22, 2009

    Great Book, but can't give this a good review.

    It should be known that anyone who wishes to purchase this audio file, that the book is incomplete. It completely lacks parts 2 and 3 ("Sketches Here and There" and "The Upshot"). I know it is listed as an abridged version, but at the time of the review, the "features" section lists all 3 parts. I feel like I've been fooled. So unless you only want part 1, steer clear.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    makes you think!

    If you are an outdoorsy person or a hunter you may want to pick up this book. Leopold reallymakes you think about conservation, what we've done to our land and what we can do to turn our mistakes around. The book is not really exciting and is a slower read. The sentence structure and vocabulary make you have to read slowly and you might want a dictionary.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    I absolutely love this book.  When he is talking about his oak t

    I absolutely love this book.  When he is talking about his oak tree it takes you back and the insightful antidotes.  I think all conservationist and hunters should read.  It isn't just about saving wildlife it is about the effects that over hunting has on our environment.  Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    A Classic For a Reason

    A Sand County Almanac is considered by many to be a classic, and for good reason. I highly recommend this book not only to environmental enthusiasts, but to anyone who has at least some level of appreciation for the outdoors. The book is beautifully written, but not overdone. Some writers tend to go over the top with descriptions of nature, but somehow Leopold manages to find a happy medium that makes A Sand County Almanac both easy and enjoyable to read. That being said, his passion for nature is still evident, and at some points you can’t help but put the book down, gaze out a window, and wish you too were living in rural Wisconsin (if you aren’t at the moment). However, the real strength of the book lies in Aldo Leopold’s philosophical writings.

    The entire book really is based on the theory that the earth is one giant organism and all of its parts (plants, animals, etc.) are interconnected and dependent on each other. Those who are familiar with the Gaia Hypothesis will see the striking similarities here. This theory is iterated through various stories and essays that are remarkably well thought out and well organized. The author’s theories are fairly abstract but he manages to explain them in ways that make them easy to understand. The book as a whole ties together beautifully, which, in a sense, mirrors Leopold’s theory of interconnectedness. His views on the ethics of conservation are especially interesting.

    The purpose of A Sand County Almanac is summed up in the final chapters in what Leopold calls his “Land Ethic.” If you only read one section of the book, I strongly encourage you to read the Land Ethic. In it Aldo Leopold describes his views on the ethics of conservation and outlines his plan for an environmentally conscious ethic. His beliefs sharply contrast today’s economically driven values, which makes A Sand County Almanac just as relevant today as it was 60 years ago.

    In my opinion, everyone should read this book. It’s not by accident that it has stood the test of time. It is an insightful, inspiring book, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is remotely interested in nature or in the topic of conservation. The bottom line is, A Sand County Almanac is a great read, and if nothing else reading it will cause you to appreciate the world around you a little bit more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    Timeless. Changed my outlook on nature

    While reading this book, I could not believe it was published in the 1949. I am a hobby gardner and outdoors guy, but this has made me think more about nature. This is a good read for anyone who has the least bit of interest in the outdoors. A helpful hint. You need to read it slowly and have a dictionary on hand. By the above you will be rewarded with greater understanding

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2002

    A Great book for all to read!

    I recently read A Sand County Almanac, a book written by Aldo Leopold in the form of an ecological journal and was first published in 1949. A Sand County Almanac is 295 pages long and is separated into four parts. I enjoyed this book greatly because it showed me how amazing nature and also, we must prevent its further destruction. These two points, I believe, are Aldo Leopold¿s main ideas he is trying to portray to the audience in this book. A Sand County Almanac takes the reader through a year on Leopold¿s farm in Central Wisconsin. Leopold leads the reader on a month by month journey through the year with description of certain aspects of nature such a the number of birds, animal tracks and the conditions of certain trees. A Sand County Almanac is based mainly on the study of ecology but goes shortly into biology when discussing certain animals. This book is simple enough to understand that most readers, young and old, will be able to read this great literary work. Although there are not many characters in this book¿due to the fact that is in a journal format, one character sticks out in my mind, a small chickadee that returned to the farm for five year straight. This chickadee was one of seven birds caught and ¿banded¿ by Leopold during 1937. Of all seven, only this chickadee, labeled #65290, had survived. Throughout the book, Also Leopold acts as a narrator¿describing all of the amazing aspects of the environment around him. A Sand County Almanac takes place in the 1930¿s on Aldo Leopold¿s 120 Acre farm in Central Wisconsin. In conclusion, I found this book to be very interesting and felt that it stimulated me to further investigate how I can help to preserve nature. In my opinion, A Sand County Almanac is a novel that everyone should read because it deals with important ecological issues such as conservation and appreciation. I enjoyed this book greatly and strongly encourage others to read it.

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