A Sand County Almanac
ISBN: 0345345053
EAN13: 9780345345059
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 12, 1986
Pages: 295
Dimensions: 1.02" H x 6.93" L x 4.25" W
Weight: 0.26 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
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Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac has enthralled generations of nature lovers and conservationists and is indeed revered by everyone seriously interested in protecting the natural world. Hailed for prose that is full of beauty and vigor and bite (The New York Times), it is perhaps the finest example of nature writing since Thoreau's Walden.
Now this classic work is available in a completely redesigned and lavishly illustrated gift edition, featuring over one hundred beautiful full-color pictures by Michael Sewell, one of the country's leading nature photographers. Sewell, whose work has graced the pages of Audubon and Sierra magazines, walked Leopold's property in Wisconsin and shot these photographs specifically for this edition, allowing readers to see Sand County as Leopold saw it. The resulting layout is spectacular. But the heart of the book remains Leopold's carefully rendered observations of nature. Here we follow Leopold throughout the year, from January to December, as he walks about the rural Wisconsin landscape, watching a woodcock dance skyward in golden afternoon light, or spying a rough-legged hawk dropping like a feathered bomb on its prey. And perhaps most important are Leopold's trenchant comments throughout the book on our abuse Read More chevron_right

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5
   Very enjoyable and informative read.
I'm taking a Master Naturalist class and this book was recommended by the leader of the class. Imagine, one said, what a world without Leopold would be like. For example, his two-page philsophical discussion with himself about which of two trees to turn into firewood teaches us so much about trees without seeming like a lesson. Or his recounting of the ecological history of the area decade by decade as he saws through the rings representing the years that the nearly century old oak saw. He recounts how he figures out what animals inhabit the area, what there range is, what they eat and so much more in a beautifully crafted language that is just pleasant to read. There are so many more shows like this, I can't even begin to list them all. Anyone interested in learning more about the natural world around us will find this book to be a great read.
 
5
   Great Read
The book is in a small rack-size or mass-market paperback format, with illustrations by Paul LiCalsi. Amazon doesn't have any new printings available, just the $30 hardcover one. Getting an older, paperback printing from a third party seller for $6 is definitely the way to go, but I am disappointed that I can't seem to find a new pricing point.
 
3
   Required reading
I was assigned this book as part of a college course, and I found it to be very enjoyable.
 
5
   Great read
I really enjoyed reading your book, said Pauley, assistant professor of English at Boston University. I'm considering a career in the Forest Service, and this book was a great look into a practical ethic for living with and taking care of the land.
 
5
   Just tell me, does it work? YES, it did for me!
It's just that sometimes I find myself off kilter by the negative reviews here on Amazon. You come so close to buying an item with 4.5 stars only to see one-star reviews that make it sound terrible! Wondering if it's a scam or something? If I've left this site, I'm trying to make up for low reviews that didn't reflect my experience. I might come back later to give a more in-depth review of the DVD.
 
5
   Simply the Best Environmental Essays Ever Written
Ironically, most current environmental works are written by cartoonists for box office profits.
 
5
   Wholesome book
I had to read this book a couple of times for my environmental major and it was one of the most life-changing books. During his time observing nature, Aldo spent a lot of time writing down what he encountered. Things are still going on, he said. This book will ground you, but yet open your eyes to the beauty of the natural world around us.
 
5
   Must read for the ecologically minded
Anyone interested in our ecology, nature or just how to slow down and enjoy life will find this book to be a must-have.
 
5
   Masterpiece
I'm a huge fan of Nancy and Rob's books. He also said that living with the earth was like living with your "own little piece of paradise." It is too bad that this sort of thinking has been abandoned in the current era. The impact of natural-gas shortages "has outraged the sensibilities of the living, breathing people," Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said.
 
5
   Best coffee table book
Living in Wisconsin, I had the opportunity to sing a choral piece arranged around excerpts of this beautiful book. The descriptions and writing are so stunning, I get chills when I read some of the passages. I've had this book on my coffee table and I'm thrilled with the outcome.
 
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