Flying Free Author:Reidar Brodtkorb This is a small book about a big and important subject. Although it was written for young readers, it is equally well geared for adults. How I wish that it will have a very large and widespread readership in the United States and Canada, and this because its story is as timely as it is important for North Americans. — Mr Brodtkorb gives a factu... more »al account of the Golden Eagle - how it lives, prepares its nest, cares for its young, and what it eats. But he gives much more. In a story filled with action, and even suspense, he relates how he discovered nesting eagles in the wild hills adn how he prevented their slaughter by persons in the vicinity; how he found captive eagles and managed to secure their release. In presenting all this he vividly and forcefully describes the attitudes of the people who capture and kill eagles. The sympathy he evokes for the great birds is not one of maudlin sentimentality, but one of reason and abhorrence fo the persecution of an animal.
It is distressingly true that in Norway, in other countries and, alas, still in our own to an alarming extent, eagles and other birds of prey are victims of ignorance, of prejudice, and of hostility; and largely because of these factors, it is frighteningly true that the two eagles of North America - the Bald Eagle, the emblem of the United states, and the Golden Eagle have decrease to such an extent that their continued existence is considered to be threatened.« less