A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There (Special Commemorative Edition)
A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There - Special Commemorative Edition Author:Aldo Leopold, Charles W. Schwartz (Illustrator) This special edition of the highly acclaimed A Sand County Almanac commemorates the one-hundreth anniversary of the birth of Aldo Leopold, one of the foremost conservationists of our century. First published in 1949 and praised in The New York Times Book Review as "full of beauty and vigor and bite," A Sand County Almanac combines some... more » of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land.
The volume includes a section on the monthly changes of the Wisconsin countryside; another section that gathers together the informal pieces written by Leopold over a forty-year period as he traveled around the woodlands of Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Sonora, Oregon, Manitoba, and elsewhere; and a final section in which Leopold addresses more formally the philosophical issues involved in wildlife conservation. As the forerunner of such important books as Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, and Robert Finch's The Primal Place, this classic work remains as relevant today as it was forty years ago.
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.