Synopses & Reviews
A pioneer in international conservation and wildlife ecology, Raymond Dasmann published his first book, the influential text Environmental Conservation,
when the term "environment" was little known and "conservation" to most people simply meant keeping or storing. This delightful memoir tells the story of an unpretentious man who helped create and shape today's environmental movement. Ranging from Dasmann's travels to ecological hotspots around the world to his development of concepts such as bioregionalism and ecotourism, this autobiography is a story of international conservation action and intrigue, a moving love story, and a gripping chronicle of an exceptional life.
Dasmann takes us from his boyhood days in San Francisco in the early 1920s to his action-packed military service in Australia during World War II, where he met his future wife, Elizabeth. After returning to the United States, Dasmann received his doctorate as a conservation biologist when the field was just being developed. Dasmann left the safety of academia to work with conservation organizations around the world, including the United Nations, and has done fieldwork in Africa, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, and California.
This book is both a memoir and an account of how Dasmann's thinking developed around issues that are vitally important today. In engaging conversational language, he shares his thoughts on issues he has grappled with throughout his life, such as population growth and the question of how sustainability can be measured, understood, and regained. Called by the Wild tells the story of an inspirational risk taker who reminds us that "the earth is the only known nature reserve in the entire universe" and that we must learn to treat it as such.
"This graceful and readable book is the first-hand account of one who contributed in important ways to the ecological revolution that followed World War II, an encourager whose respect for nature and humanity shines through every page. Inspired by others, he in turn gave inspiration to a generation that may have helped us to turn back towards collective sanity in our relationship with the Earth."and#151;Peter H. Raven, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
"How the environmental movement came to be and the role he played in its emergence is the core of Ray Dasmann's story. Environmentalism did not just happen: people forged it from their passionate grief at the threat to our living world. Understanding that passion and that grief is the gift this volume has to offer."and#151;Carl Pope, President of the Sierra Club
An autobiography of one of the founders of the conservation movement. Warm, personal, and gently humorous, Dasmann's memoir is also the moving and powerful love story of his 53 year marriage.
About the Author
Raymond F. Dasmann is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Among his many books and publications are Environmental Conservation (fifth edition 1984), Wildlife Biology (second edition 1981), California's Changing Environment (1981), and The Destruction of California (1965).
Table of Contents
1. Beginnings: The Lure of the Wild Country
2. School, the Woods, and War
3. Red Arrows Never Glance
4. Live Coward or Dead Hero?
5. Elizabeth's Story
10. Conservation by Slaughter
11. Return to the United States
12. Influences and Efforts
13. Too Many, Too Much
14. Uniting Nations
15. Return to Africa
16. Ecosystem and Biosphere People
17. The Edges of the Sea
18. The Incident in Kinshasha
19. Return to the South Pacific
20. Back to the Land
21. Damming Paradise
22. Other Ways of Life
23. Biosphere Reserves