This is my all time favorite book. Leopold environmental philosophy was mature for his time. He had a passion for the Midwest landscape without having a political agenda. Leopold foretold the downhill slide of Midwest faming and it effect both environmentally and economically. His stern warning is found in the midst of a beautiful description of the rolling prairies of the Midwest.
Aldo Leopold's landmark classic of conservationism and wilderness management, this book is an entertaining read. Steeped in wilderness management and the craft of living outdoors, Leopold's essays enlighten and educate without seeming like a lecture.
Leopold was not some "radical environmentalist" as some might think, but was a very practical conservationist who cared deeply about the natural cycle of life and interconnectedness of all creatures (and man). When he explains (in simple terms) what it takes to create one inch of topsoil, you realize how profoundly important it is for us to be good stewards of this earth so that future generations may reap its benefits also. A very readable and highly influential work - I hope a lot more people will discover it.
Bernie N. (Bernie) reviewed A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There (Special Commemorative Edition) on
This special edition of the highly acclaimed A Sand County Almanac commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Aldo Leopold, one of the foremost conservationists of our century. First published in 1949, it combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land. It is a unique book, a classic work of conservation, the forefunner of such important books as Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, and Robert Finch's The Primal Place.