John Muir: Magnificent Tramp

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Macmillan, Jun 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 207 pages
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In 1849, 11-year-old John Muir immigrated from Scotland to America. Here, he rose from farmer and sawmill worker to become a noted authority on the botany, glaciers, and forestry of the nation's wilderness. Best known for his long association with the Yosemite Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Muir also explored, mostly afoot, the southern States, Alaska, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert. His studies of nature took him around the world and generated volumes of poetic, evocative writings.
As America expanded relentlessly westward, Muir witnessed the plunder and exploitation of the land and became a driving force in efforts to protect the natural world. A modest and private man, married and father of two doting daughters, his conservationist views forced him into battle with powerful political and industrial interests. Some battles he won, influencing four US Presidents to sponsor legislation that protected forests and established or expanded America's national parks.
Muir lost his last, and perhaps most personal battle. He fought until near the end of his life to prevent the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park from becoming a reservoir for the city of San Francisco. Some of his conservationsist friends believed the conflict so sapped his physical, emotional, and spiritual strength that it contributed to his death.
Remembered as the founder of the Sierra Club, father of America's conservation movement, and architect of a still growing wilderness ethic, Muir set an example many still follow, fighting today's threats to the environment.
  

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Review: John Muir: Magnificent Tramp

User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

Miller's account of John Muir's life was surprisingly uninspiring at first. Muir is, after all, an American hero and was one of its greatest adventurers. Some of the topics he wrote of in earlier ... Read full review

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User Review  - Megan Clare - Goodreads

Not well organized and very confusing. Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Dale L Walker n i A Place in History
17
The Man in the Boy
22
Practical Man Impractical Life
32
The Mystic
63
Relentless as a River of Ice
74
Traveling Planet Earth
84
The Sage and the Sierra
99
Nature at Its Worst
105
Appointment with the President
128
Hetch Hetchy Be Dammed
138
Further EarthPlanet Travels
150
The Writing Life m
173
is Remembering Muir
188
A Note on Sources
195
Index
199
Copyright

Inventing Environmentalism
117

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About the author (2005)

Rod Miller writes of the American West and has published poems, short stories, historical articles, and essays about its land and people. He is a member of Western Writers of America.

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