Aldo Leopold: A Fierce Green Fire: An Illustrated Biography


Aldo Leopold, author of the classic A Sand County Almanac, founder of the field of wildlife management, and originator of the national wilderness system, is revealed in this short, illustrated biography by Marybeth Lorbiecki.

Leopold dedicated his life to answering the question: "How do we live on the land without spoiling it?" And his work and writings inspire millions of people in their continued pursuit of the answers.

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (8) from $6.43   
  • New (1) from $145.00   
  • Used (7) from $6.43   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by
Sending request ...


Aldo Leopold, author of the classic A Sand County Almanac, founder of the field of wildlife management, and originator of the national wilderness system, is revealed in this short, illustrated biography by Marybeth Lorbiecki.

Leopold dedicated his life to answering the question: "How do we live on the land without spoiling it?" And his work and writings inspire millions of people in their continued pursuit of the answers.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
While not the first biography written about environmentalist Aldo Leopold (see Curt Meine's Aldo Leopold: His Life & Work, Univ. of Wisconsin, 1988), this one is definitely a worthwhile addition to the literature. Sufficient facts and context are provided to leave the reader informed yet not overburdened with detail. Environmental writer Lorbiecki does not offer much interpretation of events but rather allows us to see Leopold's development through description of his life and his own philosophical evolution. We see his emergence as a leader in wilderness preservation, and game and then wildlife management. We also see his development as a husband, father, and mentor. The presentation of Leopold's public and private lives is well balanced. He is portrayed here not as a saint but as a thinking man, willing to learn and change. Those unfamiliar with Leopold will relish this book; those who already know him will enjoy the retelling. This highly readable, lavishly illustrated biography is recommended for all environmental collections, public and academic.-Nancy J. Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs, Oxford, Ohio
This brief biography traces Leopold's development as a leader in the conservationist movement; explores his environmental writings, achievements, and philosophy; and examines his life as a husband and father. Leopold's daughter contributes her own personal reflections and many family photos. Lorbiecki has written numerous books and articles about environmental issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762736638
  • Publisher: Falcon Press Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 3.74 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Marybeth Lorbiecki is the author of numerous books and articles about environmental issues, including the John Burroughs Nature Award-winning biography of Aldo Leopold for children, Of Things Natural, Wild, and Free.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Aldo Leopold

A Fierce Green Fire
By Lorbiecki, Marybeth


Copyright © 2005 Lorbiecki, Marybeth
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780762736638


Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher 'standard of living' is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television, and the chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free speech.

--Foreword to A Sand County Almanac

For those of us who have often read A Sand County Almanac, these words are as familiar and beloved as our backpacks, canoes, and walking sticks. They evoke that other world in which we shake off the burdens of overstuffed calendars, eye-straining computers, bleeping answering machines, dull textbooks, and traffic. The words urge us to rethink who we are and how we are living.
For those who have not read the Almanac, nor heard of Aldo Leopold, his words may sound like those of a contemporary environmentalist. They should. Though Leopold died in 1948, his writings, research, and teaching have formed the framework of discussions about land use for more than half a decade.
Leopold is internationally recognized as the father of modern wildlife management and ecology and the chair of the field's first university department. His textbook, Game Management, was the definitive text for decades; it has been recentlyreprinted. As for A Sand County Almanac, Leopold's book of personal essays, it has sold over a million copies and has been translated into German, French, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese. It has been dubbed "the environmentalists' bible," and Leopold has been hailed as an American prophet.
Leopold's influence, however, goes far beyond the Almanac and 0Game Management. More than five hundred of his essays, articles, handbooks, reviews, and newsletters were published in his lifetime, and nearly as many remain unpublished or are currently under consideration for publication (not including his letters and journals). He was a member of more than a hundred clubs and societies, many of which continue to follow the course Leopold set. The first wilderness area in a national forest, and thus beginning of our wilderness system, was also the work of Leopold.
It's hard to say what American landscape might look like if Aldo Leopold hadn't come along when he did. His discoveries and policy recommendations drove forward the emerging fields of forestry, soil conservation, wildlife study and management, ecology, wilderness protection, land restoration, and environmental ethics.
Yet how many Americans have ever heard of Leopold?
Relatively few. Perhaps he was involved in too many aspects of the conservation movement to be pigeonholed into an easily remembered historical slot. Perhaps he has not joined Thoreau in American folk history because his writings challenge cultural rather than just individual assumptions: he wrote that "to change ideas about what land is for is to change ideas about what anything is for."
Whatever the reason, the majority of Americans have not yet been introduced to this person who has been so influential in their lives. Even many Almanac devotees know little about how Leopold's thinking evolved, or about his life. This is a shame; it is a life well worth knowing.
Leopold wasn't born inspired, and he didn't achieve a long string of school degrees. He followed his curiosity, made mistakes, and ate his words more than once. He summed up for many the questions, the conflicts, and the longings of an ecological approach to life.
Aldo Leopold's greatest dream was to learn how to live on the land without spoiling it. In his life and writings, he came closer than most of us will ever come. That is, unless we too let the land settle into our bones.


Excerpted from Aldo Leopold by Lorbiecki, Marybeth Copyright © 2005 by Lorbiecki, Marybeth. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Solid insight into the birth of American environmentalism

    Leopold revolutionized Americans' thinking about the environment. Although he was trained to be a Forester in the traditions of the Yale school and Gifford Pinchot's legacy, Leopold saw the shortcomings of his understanding of conservation. Lorbeicki shows how and explains why Leopold made the leap to an ecological perspective informed by an ethical stance toward nature. Her work also has the advantage of being brief and to the point.

    I teach American environmental history, and this is the best work out there if you want to find out more about this giant figure in the development of environmentalism without wading through a 500 page magnum opus.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)