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A Sand County Almanac: With Other Essays on Conservation from Round River

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"Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac has enthralled generations of nature lovers and conservationists. Hailed for prose that is "full of beauty and vigor and bite" (The New York Times), it is perhaps the finest example of nature writing since Thoreau's Walden, and one of the most influential works ever written about humans and the environment." This illustrated edition, with more than eighty color images by acclaimed photographer Michael Sewell, celebrates the Wisconsin farm where the seasons of Leopold's almanac unfold. Sewell, with a dogeared paperback of Sand County in his camera bag, followed the author's footsteps across the landscape, capturing with his lens the same woodland, river, marsh, and wildlife that Aldo captured with his pen. Leopold takes us through the year from January to December, watching a woodcock dance in golden afternoon light, or listening to quail song at daybreak. He finds the poetry not only in the sweep of geese across the autumn sky, but also in the humble draba plant or the act of chopping a tree. And Michael Sewell displays an almost uncanny gift for finding images that resonate side by side with Aldo's words, allowing readers to experience this classic work as never before.
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"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."
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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.
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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: 9780345253361
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/12/1977
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Great read on land ethics!

    Leupold's philosophy of land ethics go far beyond just conservation. This book should be required reading. Best book I've read in a long time.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2014

    I dearly love reading this book over and over again.  It's about

    I dearly love reading this book over and over again.  It's about the wonderful nature all around us.  One person stated in their review that every human being should read the writing of Aldo Leopold.  I truly believe this.  I can feel like I'm with Mr. Leopold, walking through the woods in the early morning with a cup of coffee, just listening to the birds as they start singing on a new day.  It's one of those books that is such a pleasure to read, that you don't want it to end.  That's why I read it over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Every human being should read the writings of Aldo Leopold! The heartfelf observations by the Mr. Leopold apply TODAY! At some basic level, each and everyone of us MUST become a conservationist!
    Adults will enjoy the artful expressions of the author's essays.
    However, I would highly recommend that highschool students and young adults read and consider what they could do to conserve all natural resources!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    A classic!

    A lovely, well written book, evoking the seasons on a farm in the Sand County of Wisconsin. Balance of the volume documents the early years of the ecology movement, the beginnings of awareness that all life is connected. Much has changed since those early years, but much is sadly still the same. Aldo Leopold is a legend, a must-read for anyone interested in the life and health of our planet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Great book, love it!

    Great book, love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Meh at best

    I had to read this for school in 9th grade. That was 10 years ago. I recently picked it up again and tryed to read it and hated it just as much if not more than indid before. Its a boring book that goes into far to much detail about everything and is very hard fir anyone who isnt a 9th grade biology teacher to enjoy. I only gave it a 2 because it helped me pass 9th grade bio.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Amazing book!

    Amazing book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Amazing read for all in tune with Mother Nature

    As many lessons as Walden's Pond, but is an easier read and well written.

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