The River of the Mother of God: And Other Essays


His name is inextricably linked with a single work, A Sand County Almanac, a classic of natural history literature and the conservationist's bible. This book brings together the best of Leopold's essays.

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His name is inextricably linked with a single work, A Sand County Almanac, a classic of natural history literature and the conservationist's bible. This book brings together the best of Leopold's essays.

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"Aldo Leopold was a rare and wonderful combination of prophet, professor, civil servant, and muddy-boot lover of the land.  Like Henry David Thoreau and John Muir, his heart was in the forest and the field, and his best-known work, A Sand County Almanac, has rightly been compared in soul and spirit to their writings.  But unlike Thoreau and Muir, Leopold also spent a lifetime in the suit-and-tie world of government and academia.  He led the way in propelling the United States conservation movement from garden and shooting clubs to government agencies and legislatures, and was perhaps the first person to fully perceive the importance of a new scientific discipline—ecology—that half a century later would have profound political impact.  .  .  .  Now, two Leopold experts have gathered together 59 essays to show the breadth and depth of his thinking and above all his intellectual development.  .  .  .  Flader and Callicott have done an excellent job of giving public voice to a pioneer environmentalist."—Brad Knickerbocker, Christian Science Monitor

 "A fascinating intellectual history.  .  .  .  This book, which includes a helpful chronology of Leopold's life and a fine introduction written by the editors, makes it clear that Leopold was deeply involved in virtually all the land-use and environmental issues of his day, and that he outlined most of the arguments conservationists are still making—and still losing."—Bill McKibben,  New York Times Book Review

 "Readers have a new opportunity to look upon the intellectual development of this Midwestern-born scholar known as 'the father of wildlife management.'  .  .  .  Passionate and thought-provoking."—Bill  Nelson, Milwaukee Journal

 "Reading these essays is as fascinating as watching a great tree growing."—American Forests

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This collection of conservationist Leopold's ( A Sand County Almanac ) writings, spanning the years 1904-1947, traces the development of his environmentalism. Illustrations. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Leopold was a renowned conservationist and educator who devoted his life to preservation of the natural environment. His classic work, Sand County Almanac (1949; Oxford Univ. Pr., 1989. pap.), is still used as the conservationists' bible. Flader and Callicott have compiled a collection of Leopold's unpublished essays from the archives of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and published papers from a variety of periodicals covering the years 1904-47. The chronological arrangement of the 59 essays reveals the development of Leopold's beliefs over time. A short introduction describing the circumstances in which it was written and the intended audience precedes each essay. A biographical chronology and the introduction trace Leopold's life. Recommended for environmental collections.--Irwin Weintraub, Rutgers Univ. Libs., Piscataway, N.J.
A collection of previously unpublished or hard to find essays by the legendary conservationist and author of the classic A Sand County almanac. The earliest essay was written in 1904 when Leopold was a 17-year-old schoolboy; the last in 1947, the year before his death. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299127640
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 631,620
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Aldo Leopold was Professor of Wildlife Management at the University of Wisconsin.  Susan L. Flader is Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia.  J. Baird Callicott is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.

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