Sand County Almanac

Sand County Almanac

by Aldo Leopold
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Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

A classic work of nature writing--now in a spectacularly illustrated gift edition

Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac has enthralled generations of nature lovers and conservationists and is indeed revered by everyone seriously interested in protecting the natural world. 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.

Now this classic work is available in a completely redesigned and lavishly illustrated gift edition, featuring over one hundred beautiful full-color pictures by Michael Sewell, one of the country's leading nature photographers. Sewell, whose work has graced the pages of Audubon and Sierra magazines, walked Leopold's property in Wisconsin and shot these photographs specifically for this edition, allowing readers to see Sand County as Leopold saw it. The resulting layout is spectacular. But the heart of the book remains Leopold's carefully rendered observations of nature. Here we follow Leopold throughout the year, from January to December, as he walks about the rural Wisconsin landscape, watching a woodcock dance skyward in golden afternoon light, or spying a rough-legged hawk dropping like a feathered bomb on its prey. And perhaps most important are Leopold's trenchant comments throughout the book on our abuse of the land and on what we must do to preserve this invaluable treasure. This edition also includes two of Leopold's most eloquent essays on conservation, "The Land Ethic" and "Marshland Elegy."

With this gift edition of A Sand County Almanac, a new generation of readers can walk beside one of America's most respected naturalists as he conveys the beauty of a marsh before sunrise or the wealth of history to be found in an ancient oak.

About the Author: Michael Sewell is a widely recognized nature photographer with a long-standing relationship with the Sierra Club. A book of his photographs, Bay Area Wild: A Celebration of the Natural Heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area, was published in 1997. Kenneth Brower is a prominent environmental writer and advocate whose books include The Starship and the Canoe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345253361
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/12/1977

About the Author

Aldo Leopold was born in Burlington, Iowa, in 1887. Educated at the Lawrenceville School and Yale University, he joined the United States Forest Service in 1909 as a forest assistant in New Mexico and Arizona. One of the founders of the Wilderness Society, he initiated, in 1924, the first Forest Wilderness Area in the United States (which is now the Gila National Forest). Moving to Madison, Wisconsin, he was Associate Director of the Forest Products Laboratory, as well as consulting forester to several states.

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.

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A Sand County Almanac 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading a Sand County Almanac, it will change your perspective on your environment and the interdependenc between ecosystems.
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She set up 2 nests; one for her and one right besie that one for Dashingwind
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TropicalHouston More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, love it!
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WonderWomanKG More than 1 year ago
Amazing book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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As many lessons as Walden's Pond, but is an easier read and well written.
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