A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There

Author:   Aldo Leopold
Publisher:   Penguin Books Ltd
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9780241402993


Pages:   208
Publication Date:   26 March 2020
Format:   Paperback
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A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There


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Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac is a seminal work of wildlife ecology, first published in 1949. It is a careful study of the Wisconsin wilderness (travelling later through surrounding states), and a general plea for land conservation - the first modern plea of its kind - arising from the lifetime Leopold spent doing practical work both with and for the natural environment. He implores readers to adopt what he calls a 'land ethic,' by which we would develop an 'ecological conscience' and gain 'a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land'. Though Leopold expresses pretty trenchantly his alarm at the way we mistreat the land that sustains us, this is offset by his sheer delight in the details of natural life (the peenting woodcock dancing against a golden sky at dusk was the standout moment for me). Noting that we can only care to preserve a thing we have a connection with, Leopold invites us into an enticing world of river-song and plovers and silphium (now extinct!), and the tamarack tree that 'sprinkles gold on October grouse'. I found it absolutely delightful to read, and my avian vocabulary has expanded considerably, which can only be a good thing. It goes out of copyright next year and I think it would be a very worthwhile addition to the Black Classics list. Since first publication it has sold over 2 million copies and been translated into 14 languages.

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Author:   Aldo Leopold
Publisher:   Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Dimensions:   Width: 12.90cm , Height: 1.20cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.157kg
ISBN:  

9780241402993


ISBN 10:   0241402999
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   26 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  General ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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One of the seminal works of the environmental movement * Boston Globe * A trenchant book, full of vigor and bite * The New York Times * A classic ... there are moments of soft beauty [and] his epigrams are whipcrack smart -- Robert Macfarlane * Wall Street Journal * These beautiful essays, based on the restoration of an exhausted 80-acre farm in the sand country of central Wisconsin, are full of insights rooted in intelligent humility that inform naturalists to this day * Isabella Tree * Wise and lyrical meditations on environmental ethics, human and natural history, and the passage of time. Some measure of how fiercely good it is: a well-read, retired U.S. Army colonel once told me that he considered Leopold to be better than Shakespeare * Helen Macdonald *


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Considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology, Aldo Leopold (1887 - 1948) was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. Among his best-known ideas is the land ethic, set out in A Sand County Almanac (1949), which calls for humankind's 'ethical community' to expand and include 'soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land,' and 'changes the role of Homo sapiens from conquerer of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it'.

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