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Aldo Leopold: A Fierce Green Fire
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This beautifully written biography tells the life story of the foremost American conservationist of the twentieth century. Born in 1887 and educated at Yale, Aldo Leopold worked throughout his life-for the Forest Service, as a naturalist, as an educator, and as a writer-to articulate an American land ethic that answers the question: "How can we live on the land without spoiling it?" In this illustrated biography, Marybeth Lorbiecki movingly reveals the background, early inspirations, struggles, and triumphs of the author of the environmental classics A Sand County Almanac and Round River.
"In January of 1995 I helped carry the first grey wolf into Yellowstone, where they had been eradicated by federal predator control policy only six decades earlier. Looking through the crates into her eyes, I reflected on how Aldo Leopold once took part in that policy, then eloquently challenged it. By illuminating for us how wolves play a critical role in the whole of creation, he expressed the ethic and the laws which would reintroduce them nearly a half-century after his death. And this insightful biography illuminates for us the critical forces that helped shape Leopold's own remarkable journey."
Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of the Interior
Aldo Leopold, author of the classic A Sand County Almanac, founder of the field of wildlife management, and originator of the national wilderness system, is revealed in this short, illustrated biography by Marybeth Lorbiecki.
Leopold dedicated his life to answering the question: "How do we live on the land without spoiling it?" And his work and writings inspire millions of people in their continued pursuit of the answers.
About the Author
Marybeth Lorbiecki is the author of numerous books and articles about environmental issues, including the John Burroughs Nature Award-winning biography of Aldo Leopold for children, Of Things Natural, Wild, and Free.
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