A Sand County Almanac : With other Essays on Conservation from `Round River', Paperback Book

A Sand County Almanac : With other Essays on Conservation from `Round River' Paperback

Illustrated by Charles W. Schwartz

Part of the Galaxy Books series

4.5 out of 5 (6 ratings)


First published in 1949 and praised in The New York Times Book Review as "a trenchant book, full of vigor and bite," A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land.

Written with an unparalleled understanding of the ways of nature, the book includes a section on the monthly changes of the Wisconsin countryside; another part that gathers informal pieces written by Leopold over a forty-year period as he traveled through the woodlands of Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Sonora, Oregon, Manitoba, and elsewhere; and a final section in which Leopold addresses the philosophical issues involved in wildlife conservation.

As the forerunner of such important books as Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, and Robert Finch's The Primal Place, this classic work remains as relevant today as it was forty years ago.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, numerous text illustrations
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
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  • Category: Conservation of the environment
  • ISBN: 9780195007770

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This isn't the particular copy I have read or own but they are all very likely the same. I enjoy Leopolds descriptions of the the north. His words on nature and environment spoke to me when I was in college studying Landscape Architectire and they still speak to me now.

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This book should be given to every person seeking publc office as a blue print of how to treat the planet we all live on

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not bad. no 'Walden'. but I really like how he describes the relationship of everything more specifically plant life and how it has a rhythm or pattern that doesn't quite make sense chaos like life. Described the predicament early on of the pitfalls of eco tourism and conservation slippery slope and that truly to make a comprehensive land ethic you have to sacrifice to be in balance with nature.

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These brief, beautifully written essays on the natural world make it easy to see why many naturalists consider Leopold the father of the wilderness movement in America. His narrative has a lilting and somewhat whimsical feel to it, almost like the bird songs and wildlife antics he describes. The black and white drawings are a nice addition to the text as well. Sure to be a hit with anybody who enjoys reading Thoreau or other writers of this genre. Should be required reading for anybody in the earth sciences and is definitely recommended reading for everybody else, especially urban dwellers who are at a loss to understand what the attractions of camping, farming or rural life really are. Loved it.

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A wonderful outlook on Nature in general and life in the midwest in specific. Since reading the book I've taken much pleasure in goose song and prairie patches.

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