Sand County Almanac

Sand County Almanac

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The environmental classic that redefined the way we think about the natural world—an urgent call for preservation that’s more timely than ever.
“We can place this book on the shelf that holds the writings of Thoreau and John Muir.”—San Francisco Chronicle
These astonishing portraits of the natural world explore the breathtaking diversity of the unspoiled American landscape—the mountains and the prairies, the deserts and the coastlines. Conjuring up one extraordinary vision after another, Aldo Leopold takes readers with him on the road and through the seasons on a fantastic tour of our priceless natural resources, explaining the destructive effects humankind has had on the land and issuing a bold challenge to protect the world we love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345345059
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1986
Series: Ecological Main Event Series
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 46,150
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Aldo Leopold was born in Burlington, Iowa, in 1887. Educated at the Lawrenceville School and Yale University, he joined the United States Forest Service in 1909 as a forest assistant in New Mexico and Arizona. One of the founders of the Wilderness Society, he initiated, in 1924, the first Forest Wilderness Area in the United States (which is now the Gila National Forest). Moving to Madison, Wisconsin, he was Associate Director of the Forest Products Laboratory, as well as consulting forester to several states.

Mr. Leopold founded the profession of game management and wrote the first important book on the subject. In 1933, the University of Wisconsin created a Chair of Game Management for him. He died in 1948, while fighting a brush fire on a neighbor’s farm. His death cut short an assignment as an advisor on conservation to the United Nations, and left his book A Sand County Almanac as the last statement of his uncompromising philosophy.

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WildlifeStudent More than 1 year ago
It should be known that anyone who wishes to purchase this audio file, that the book is incomplete. It completely lacks parts 2 and 3 ("Sketches Here and There" and "The Upshot"). I know it is listed as an abridged version, but at the time of the review, the "features" section lists all 3 parts. I feel like I've been fooled. So unless you only want part 1, steer clear.
ladyhawke28 More than 1 year ago
If you are an outdoorsy person or a hunter you may want to pick up this book. Leopold reallymakes you think about conservation, what we've done to our land and what we can do to turn our mistakes around. The book is not really exciting and is a slower read. The sentence structure and vocabulary make you have to read slowly and you might want a dictionary.
StephenBarkley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A storm blew up out of nowhere this spring while I was solo paddling the South Branch of the Muskoka river, just outside of Bracebridge. I pushed my canoe into the brush at the end of a secluded bay, and watched the storm approach. As it intensified, I pulled out this small paper-back book and read a section. That's just the sort of book it is.Leopold's words read like poetry. You immediately realize that you're in the company of someone who loves wilderness. The cover has a quote from the San Francisco Chronicle stating that this book belongs on the shelf with Thoreau and Muir. I heartily agree¿so long as Sigurd Olson's right there with them. Even better than the shelf: this book belongs in your backpack.I had to pull my canoe out of the water, and turn it over to shelter my pack. I stood at the base of a large hemlock tree and watched the spring-time hail bounce off the scarred underbody of my 14 foot red solo canoe. A mere 15 minutes later the storm was over and I was back in the water. Leopold's words far outlasted the storm.
Devil_llama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic of environmental writing by the "father of the land ethic", in which he spells out his vision for protection of our wild places from futher destruction.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this. A very calming and well written story. The illustrations are superb. Sadly, I loaned out my hardback copy and never got it back.
muirpower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the seminal book of popular ecological literature... Required reading. My Congressman needs to read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book.  When he is talking about his oak tree it takes you back and the insightful antidotes.  I think all conservationist and hunters should read.  It isn't just about saving wildlife it is about the effects that over hunting has on our environment.  Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Sand County Almanac is considered by many to be a classic, and for good reason. I highly recommend this book not only to environmental enthusiasts, but to anyone who has at least some level of appreciation for the outdoors. The book is beautifully written, but not overdone. Some writers tend to go over the top with descriptions of nature, but somehow Leopold manages to find a happy medium that makes A Sand County Almanac both easy and enjoyable to read. That being said, his passion for nature is still evident, and at some points you can’t help but put the book down, gaze out a window, and wish you too were living in rural Wisconsin (if you aren’t at the moment). However, the real strength of the book lies in Aldo Leopold’s philosophical writings. The entire book really is based on the theory that the earth is one giant organism and all of its parts (plants, animals, etc.) are interconnected and dependent on each other. Those who are familiar with the Gaia Hypothesis will see the striking similarities here. This theory is iterated through various stories and essays that are remarkably well thought out and well organized. The author’s theories are fairly abstract but he manages to explain them in ways that make them easy to understand. The book as a whole ties together beautifully, which, in a sense, mirrors Leopold’s theory of interconnectedness. His views on the ethics of conservation are especially interesting. The purpose of A Sand County Almanac is summed up in the final chapters in what Leopold calls his “Land Ethic.” If you only read one section of the book, I strongly encourage you to read the Land Ethic. In it Aldo Leopold describes his views on the ethics of conservation and outlines his plan for an environmentally conscious ethic. His beliefs sharply contrast today’s economically driven values, which makes A Sand County Almanac just as relevant today as it was 60 years ago. In my opinion, everyone should read this book. It’s not by accident that it has stood the test of time. It is an insightful, inspiring book, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is remotely interested in nature or in the topic of conservation. The bottom line is, A Sand County Almanac is a great read, and if nothing else reading it will cause you to appreciate the world around you a little bit more.
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I recently read A Sand County Almanac, a book written by Aldo Leopold in the form of an ecological journal and was first published in 1949. A Sand County Almanac is 295 pages long and is separated into four parts. I enjoyed this book greatly because it showed me how amazing nature and also, we must prevent its further destruction. These two points, I believe, are Aldo Leopold¿s main ideas he is trying to portray to the audience in this book. A Sand County Almanac takes the reader through a year on Leopold¿s farm in Central Wisconsin. Leopold leads the reader on a month by month journey through the year with description of certain aspects of nature such a the number of birds, animal tracks and the conditions of certain trees. A Sand County Almanac is based mainly on the study of ecology but goes shortly into biology when discussing certain animals. This book is simple enough to understand that most readers, young and old, will be able to read this great literary work. Although there are not many characters in this book¿due to the fact that is in a journal format, one character sticks out in my mind, a small chickadee that returned to the farm for five year straight. This chickadee was one of seven birds caught and ¿banded¿ by Leopold during 1937. Of all seven, only this chickadee, labeled #65290, had survived. Throughout the book, Also Leopold acts as a narrator¿describing all of the amazing aspects of the environment around him. A Sand County Almanac takes place in the 1930¿s on Aldo Leopold¿s 120 Acre farm in Central Wisconsin. In conclusion, I found this book to be very interesting and felt that it stimulated me to further investigate how I can help to preserve nature. In my opinion, A Sand County Almanac is a novel that everyone should read because it deals with important ecological issues such as conservation and appreciation. I enjoyed this book greatly and strongly encourage others to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While reading this book, I could not believe it was published in the 1949. I am a hobby gardner and outdoors guy, but this has made me think more about nature. This is a good read for anyone who has the least bit of interest in the outdoors. A helpful hint. You need to read it slowly and have a dictionary on hand. By the above you will be rewarded with greater understanding