This unique and highly-acclaimed small volume shows - primarily through Dr. Schweitzer's own words - how his philosophy of "reverence for life" developed, from childhood, as his long life unfolded.
It demonstrates how the philosopher-physician-musician carried out his philosophy at his African hospital, in Europe and the U.S.A and how he inspired the animal protection and environmental awakening.
It describes his bond with individual animals and how he coped with the paradox of the "will-to-live" vs. "the will-to-live."
His memorable words, the sensitive commentary and the appealing photographs combine to present forcefully and gracefully Dr. Schweitzer's guidance to all persons troubled by disrespect of the natural word and all that dwell therein.
This book, which was originally published in 1982, has gone into eight printings.
What others have said about this book:
"You can be proud of your work. It will help to bring the thoughts and philosophy of my father to many people of different ages and interests and will spur them on to work for a better understanding for each living being's needs." - Rhena Schweitzer Miller
"Ann captured hearts and minds with her wonderful Animals, Nature & Albert Schweitzer . That book is on my shelf and should be on everyone's gift list for any occasion." - Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
"It is excellent, absolutely out of this world, and I am very delighted with it." - The Rev. George Marshall, co-author, Schweitzer - A Biography
"I always wanted to know more about Dr. Schweitzer and the good things he did for animals. Now I know him as a friend." - Lisa Dellasanta, Eighth grade, Rockville, MD
"It should be in the hands of everyone able to read, not only in this country, but everywhere." - John Karefa-Smart, M.D., former Assistant Director General, World Health Organization
Most literate people know something about Dr. Schweitzer and "reverence for life." This remarkable book fills in that knowledge by tracing the general development and implication of Schweitzer's moral philosophy in a deceptively simple and clear way. The book consists of well organized quotes from Schweitzer, brief comments and fascinating photographs and, like Schweitzer's life itself, can be appreciated at many levels, depending on one's own capacities and experiences.
This short book is devoted to Dr. Schweitzer's ethics as it pertains to the treatment of animals. Part biography and part quotation collection, it convincingly demonstrates that concern for animals was a key part of Schweitzers ethics and life. As a doctor in equatorial Africa, he had direct experience with nature, and knew its cruelty as well as its beauty. In some cases, the taking of an animal life is unavoidable. But the key thing is never to do so thoughtlessly, without considering the alte
This small volume -- created for all ages -- shows, primarily through Dr. Schweitzer's own words, how his philosophy developed as his life unfolded. The book has but one goal: to help keep alive the Albert Schweitzer spirit.
Ann Cottrell Free was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1916. A graduate of Barnard College, she became the first woman Washington correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, Newsweek and the Chicago Sun, where she covered First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and wartime-Washington. After the war she served in China as a special correspondent for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration and in Europe for the Marshall Plan. She later wrote for the North American Newspaper Alliance and was a contributing columnist to the Washington Post, the Washington Star, other newspapers and syndicates. An Albert Schweitzer Medalist, she was also the recipient of a variety of humanitarian and writing awards for her novel, Forever the Wild Mare, as well as her other animal writing. She initiated the establishment of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and presented testimony on numerous animal protection issues to Congressional committees. She also authored No Room, Since Silent Spring: Our Debt to Albert Schweitzer and Rachel Carson. She received the Rachel Carson Legacy Award in 1988 and in 1996 was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. Her oral histories are in the collections of Columbia University and the National Press Club. In 2004 she died at the age of 88 in Washington D.C. A year later, the National Press Club Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award was established to inspire and encourage other journalists to follow in her footsteps. More information can be found at www.anncottrellfree.org