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When initially published more than twenty years ago, Thinking Like a Mountain was the first of a handful of efforts to capture the work and thought of America's most significant environmental thinker, Aldo Leopold.  This new edition of Susan Flader's masterful account of Leopold's philosophical journey, including a new preface reviewing recent Leopold scholarship, makes this classic case study available again and brings much-deserved attention to the continuing influence ...

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Overview

When initially published more than twenty years ago, Thinking Like a Mountain was the first of a handful of efforts to capture the work and thought of America's most significant environmental thinker, Aldo Leopold.  This new edition of Susan Flader's masterful account of Leopold's philosophical journey, including a new preface reviewing recent Leopold scholarship, makes this classic case study available again and brings much-deserved attention to the continuing influence and importance of Leopold today.
    Thinking Like a Mountain unfolds with Flader's close analysis of Leopold's essay of the same title, which explores issues of predation by studying the interrelationships between deer, wolves, and forests.  Flader shows how his approach to wildlife management and species preservation evolved from his experiences restoring the deer population in the Southwestern United States, his study of the German system of forest and wildlife management, and his efforts to combat the overpopulation of deer in Wisconsin.  His own intellectual development parallels the formation of the conservation movement, reflecting his struggle to understand the relationship between the land and its human and animal inhabitants.
    Drawing from the entire corpus of Leopold's works, including published and unpublished writing, correspondence, field notes, and journals, Flader places Leopold in his historical context.  In addition, a biographical sketch draws on personal interviews with family, friends, and colleagues to illuminate his many roles as scientist, philosopher, citizen, policy maker, and teacher.  Flader's insight and profound appreciation of the issues make Thinking Like a Mountain a standard source for readers interested in Leopold scholarship and the development of ecology and conservation in the twentieth century.

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"Thinking Like a Mountain is the central account of the intellectual odyssey that brought Leopold from his youth as an enthusiastic exterminator of predators to his largely posthumous role as the foremost American exponent of the ecological view of things."—Library Journal

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Leopold (1887-1948) is best known as the author of A Sand County Almanac, and was among the first to base arguments for the conservation of wilderness on the science of ecology. Flader analyzes the development of his thinking and the course of his career, pivoting on his analysis of the relationship between deer, wolves, and forest. Reprinted from the 1974 edition. Paper edition (14504-2), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299145040
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1, With a new preface
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan L. Flader is professor at the University of Missouri at Columbia, where she teaches environmental history and policy and the history of the Western United States.  She is the coeditor with Baird Callicott of The River of the Mother of God and Other Essays by Aldo Leopold, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface: 1994
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Thinking Like a Mountain 1
2 Southwestern Game Fields 36
3 The Gila Experience 76
4 Means and Ends: The 1930s 122
5 Too Many Deer 168
6 Adventures of a Conservation Commissioner 206
Epilogue 261
Bibliographical Note 272
Index 277
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