Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island

Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island

by Will Harlan
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Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island by Will Harlan

Carol Ruckdeschel is the wildest woman in America. She wrestles alligators, eats roadkill, rides horses bareback, and lives in a ramshackle cabin that she built by hand in an island wilderness. A combination of Henry David Thoreau and Jane Goodall, Carol is a self-taught scientist who has become a tireless defender of sea turtles on Cumberland Island, a national park off the coast of Georgia.

Cumberland, the country’s largest and most biologically diverse barrier island, is celebrated for its windswept dunes and feral horses. Steel magnate Thomas Carnegie once owned much of the island, and in recent years, Carnegie heirs and the National Park Service have clashed with Carol over the island’s future. What happens when a dirt-poor naturalist with only a high school diploma becomes an outspoken advocate on a celebrated but divisive island? Untamed is the story of an American original standing her ground and fighting for what she believes in, no matter the cost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802192622
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 112,814
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Will Harlan is editor in chief of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and a nationally acclaimed journalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic Adventure, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and BBC.com. He is also one of the country's top trail runners. He lives on a farm in the mountains of North Carolina.

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Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
SanKirk More than 1 year ago
It'll take your breath away from the prologue and you'll feel like holding it till the end. This book is about the preciousness of our wilderness areas and the epic efforts of a most inspiring, unbelievably strong and single-minded, woman of our times, Carol Ruckdeschel. It should be read by women as an inspiring role model, by men and women who work for sustaining the diversity of our world and by those who should learn about sustaining the diversity, as well as by anyone who loves beautiful writing. I loved this book…it haunts dreams, inspires, increases daily-living awareness, and makes me grateful for those of Carol’s and Will’s ilk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exceptionally well told story of a complex, unique and gritty woman who has defied all odds to fight for what she believes in. It is hard to believe it is a true story. Compelling, well written and engaging. I could not put it down. Harlan knits together not just Carol's story, but the story of the island and the plight of the sea turtle. A praise -worthy first book.
velocireaderLC More than 1 year ago
My husband knows Carol and I've been to Cumberland many times. It is a very special place but I fear for it's future when Carol is no longer able to continue her fight. This book portrays Carol Ruckdeschel as a true hero with grit and dedication so very rare in our material greed driven world. I was captivated from the very first page until the very last. It has stayed with me
Swampgal2 More than 1 year ago
Required reading for anyone  who knows and loves Cumberland Island. This beautifully written story fills in lots of gaps. But beware, you may well be moved to tears -- or better yet-- to action.
efm More than 1 year ago
Amazing woman and her conservation accomplishments all while living like a castaway.
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readerx More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book about a fascinating personality.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Untamedwas by far the best written and the most interesting book i've read this year. I list it among my favorite reads. Kudos to carol and her environmental impact on cumberland island. Her lifetime accomplishments and unique lifestyle have raised awareness of the world's need to protect our lands and wildlife. A greatbook one youdidn want to putdown until tbe end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cu.ms in you and dies
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"Get the hell out of my book!" I say
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