“We can place this book on the shelf that holds the writings of Thoreau and John Muir.”—San Francisco Chronicle
These astonishing portraits of the natural world explore the breathtaking diversity of the unspoiled American landscape—the mountains and the prairies, the deserts and the coastlines. Conjuring up one extraordinary vision after another, Aldo Leopold takes readers with him on the road and through the seasons on a fantastic tour of our priceless natural resources, explaining the destructive effects humankind has had on the land and issuing a bold challenge to protect the world we love.
About the Author
Mr. Leopold founded the profession of game management and wrote the first important book on the subject. In 1933, the University of Wisconsin created a Chair of Game Management for him. He died in 1948, while fighting a brush fire on a neighbor’s farm. His death cut short an assignment as an advisor on conservation to the United Nations, and left his book A Sand County Almanac as the last statement of his uncompromising philosophy.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: The Delights and Dilemmas of a Sand County Almanac xv
Part I: A Sand County Almanac
Part II: Sketches Here and There
Illinois and Iowa
Arizona and New Mexico
Chihuahua and Sonora
Oregon and Utah
Part III: The Upshot Conservation Esthetic 165
Wildlife in American Culture 177
The Land Ethic 201
About the Author 227