A Sand County Almanac (Outdoor Essays & Reflections)

 
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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 of the land and on what we must do to preserve this invaluable treasure. This edition also includes two of Leopold's most eloquent essays on conservation, "The Land Ethic" and "Marshland Elegy."

With this gift edition of A Sand County Almanac, a new generation of readers can walk beside one of America's most respected naturalists as he conveys the beauty of a marsh before sunrise or the wealth of history to be found in an ancient oak.

Published in 1949, shortly after the author's death, A Sand County Almanac is a classic of nature writing, widely cited as one of the most influential nature books ever published. Writing from the vantage of his summer shack along the banks of the Wisconsin River, Leopold mixes essay, polemic, and memoir in his book's pages. In one famous episode, he writes of killing a female wolf early in his career as a forest ranger, coming upon his victim just as she was dying, "in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes.... I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, no wolves would mean hunters' paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view." Leopold's road-to-Damascus change of view would find its fruit some years later in his so-called land ethic, in which he held that nothing that disturbs the balance of nature is right. Much of Almanac elaborates on this basic premise, as well as on Leopold's view that it is something of a human duty to preserve as much wild land as possible, as a kind of bank for the biological future of all species. Beautifully written, quiet, and elegant, Leopold's book deserves continued study and discussion today. --Gregory McNamee

Customer Reviews:

  • Sewell's photos of Sand County
    I first read Leopold's "Almanac" in 1981 as part of my undergraduate studies in ecology and now as a teacher make it part of our class reading because of Leopold's artistic ability with diction. However,only when I received this latest edition as a gift from students did I realize how little I understood the beauty of Sand County; Michael Sewell walked Leopold's footsteps and captured in brilliant color the world of Wisconsin that so inspired this poetic icon. Perhaps the greatest gift I've ever received from students....more info
  • Listening to the snow melt
    I am one of the fortunate few of my youthful generation to have grown up in the countryside - the forested hills of northern Michigan. No book captures the essence of how I feel about my childhood than Leopold's i A Sand County Almanac.

    Leopold is one of those who can perceive the story of a nation by observing a tree, or the very thoughts of the landscape around him. His keen intellect, combined with a nearly unrivalled attention for detail, allows him to draw sweeping truths and passionate emotions from the most common occurances or objects.

    Every winter, when I go home, I take a walk deep into the woods, far enough away to escape the sounds of bustling humanity. And I listen. Leopold and Thoreau are among the few authors whose writings reflect what I hear....more info

  • A whole different world existing so near & yet so far.
    A fine work in which Aldo Leopold personifies all the creatures & flora living in the forest. He knew even then, in the 1940's that their world was at risk, from us & they would lose. As a learning exercise it works & I recommend it espcially to high school students.
    The division of the tape into 12 months serving as chapters is also effective as is continiuing story of the felling of a great tree. As they cut deeper we are taken back in time.
    A good tape to relax with. Stewart Udalls narration is just right....more info
  • It is a wonderful book. I love it so much.
    This book is a new edition with hundreds of pictures in it. Though it costed me about twice as much as the plain-text version, it definately worths it. I would not have known what a "draba" looks like had there not been a picture right next to the words, showing the little tiny plant dancing in the wind. I just love it....more info
  • The Conservationist Bible
    This book should be part of every persons education and incorporated into cirriculums everywhere....more info
  • The Ballantine version is censored
    I would give the actual ORIGINAL version of the text a 5 star rating, and indeed do so for the Oxford University Press edition. That version is slightly more expensive in Paperback, but has a better introduction and, more importantly, is actually printed as originally written by Leopold. The Ballantine version has been censored by the publisher to remove several sentences which either explcitly use the word "evolution" or which imply it.

    Granted, these are only a few sentences out of the entire book. But it makes this work something other than the work which is seminal in the field of environmental philosophy and naturalism, and such censorship is intrinsically objectionable-note also that the publisher nowhere in this book tells you that such alterations have been made nor is this version described as an abridged or edited version. Further, this change makes this version unacceptable for use in teaching science courses where censorship because of ideology or market share is beyond the pale.

    If you find any hint of evolution to be distracting (for one reason or another) from the fine naturalistic writing in which Leopold engages (evolution is not central to his argument or description), or are too cash-strapped to shell out an extra few bucks for the OUP edition or something at your local used book store or don't have the time to go to the library, by all means purchase this version. It is similar in most ways to Leopold's written work. But this is not to be mistaken for that work in its entirety. ...more info
  • a book for meditation. . .
    I had to read a science book for English class, and I wasn't the most thrilled. Reading the first parts of A Sand County Almanac, I wasn't sure if I was going to finish reading it, because I found his intense love for nature a bit extreme; however, as I continued reading, I found it very thought-provoking -- comparable to Thoreau -- and made me appreciate nature and its wonder. ...more info
  • THE Conservation/outdoors Classic
    Long considered the first book on conservation, this should be read by everyone. The author's love of land, wildlife and nature are fully expressed. Those thoughts are followed by philosophizing on conservation - ethics, practice, economics, etc. Written in the nascent stages of conservation in this country, a time when it was more thought than practice, the issues still resonate today. One sees the difficulties both in expanding environmental conservation as well as the pitfalls and errors made in the area (with all good intent) since the forties when Leopald wrote.

    Interestingly, especially to me as someone who hunts, much is written in the context of hunting. He also has some insightful words about why people do hunt as a connection to nature. As only a hunter can, he identifies the hunter's reverance for the land and nature.

    Portions of this were assigned when I was in college. Now, 28 years later, the entirety means much more. It should be required reading for everyone, especially lovers of the outdoors....more info

  • An American Classic
    This is a profoundly insightful and important book that ranks among the most significant American books of the Twentieth Century. It would be a mistake to describe this book as "nature writing" per se, or of that genre. It is a series of essays in wonderful prose in which nature, outdoor settings or situations provide the backdrop. But it is not written as a naturalist droning about the wonders of some aspect of nature. It is an inspired and deeply insightful description, by a man who clearly has a deep understanding of how nature works, about the ethical dimensions of our relationship with the land and our environment generally. Despite the simple elegance of the writing style, it can be seen (and I know from biographical information) the author draws from a vast experience and knowledge far outside the confines of the wildlife management, which was his professon. The ideas expressed, and the many quotable passages are a treasure trove for anyone interested in broad ideas, not to mention readers whose professions involve recreation, wildlife, natural resources management, the environment, and the teaching of these disciplines as well as ethics, philosophy, and english literature. In sum, this is a must read for virtually anyone who wishes to be familar with important American literature, as well as those with a particular interest in the environment, environmental ethics and philosophy....more info
  • A sand county Almanac: and sketches Here And there by Aldo Leopoid
    was not a hard covered book recieved a paper back. I kept it only because I wanted to read it. arrived in good condition and in about 10 days...more info
  • A classic only recently read
    The short essays in this subtly powerful environmental classic are filled with poetic images and personal perspectives, some of which have become mantras for the ecologically-minded: Thinking Like A Mountain; The Ecological Conscience; and Defenders of Wilderness.

    "When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect," Leopold wrote....

    May we all see, belong, and love....more info
  • Read Better Books
    Had to read this book for school. I have definitely read better books. Leopold repeats things a lot in this book, and drags out the book. He manages to go on for over 5 pages about cutting down one tree. It was really hard to keep reading. He dragged the book out for endless pages....more info
  • An Environmental Classic
    Aldo Leopold summarizes many environmental movements within this compilation of essays. The Sand County Almanac was one of those university-assigned books that I could not part with and still have today. A must read if you are interesed in the mind of the Wisconsin borne man who set aside the first designated wilderness in New Mexico....more info
  • An eloquent portrait of Sand County, nature in our lives
    A wonderful read--Leopold teaches us how to be more attuned to our environment and how to be a realistic conservationist. The essays are wonderful, and Leopold's tricks (such as narrating the history of Wisconsin through the cutting down of a tree, description in living color and surround sound) make the reader feel as if s/he is actually sitting with him as he tracks deer, watches geese, and recalls his youth and conservation ethic. A must read for anyone interested in the environment and the world around them!...more info
  • This book may change your life
    This book is as original as its author. The format is one that follows the seasons of a year, and is driven by a collection of essays that implore the reader to look within for that deep connection to the land that shaped us as a species.

    Aldo Leopold may have influenced the modern environmental movement, but what he really gave birth to was the common man conservation movement. An avid hunter and student of the land, he believed that the key to any successful conservation movement depended on the cooperation of the small landowner.

    His "land ethic" philosophy branched out to many other relevant topics; such as his argument that wilderness was a valuable cultural resource, as well as being vital to scientific study. At one point, he asks, "Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?"

    The most striking thing about Aldo Leopold to me is that his words only become more relevant and more pressing as time goes on. This man has some important things to say. Please listen....more info
  • The first of its kind, and still the best
    "Thus always does history, whether of marsh or market place, end in paradox. The ultimate value in these marshes is wildness, and the crane is wildness incarnate. But all conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is no wilderness left to cherish." (from "Marshland Elegy")

    "It must be poor life that achieves freedom from fear." This, from reflections on being caught on horseback during a lightning storm, is a comment on the "civilized" mindset that wanted all to be safe, and so feared and destroyed wildness.

    These essays were written mostly in the 1940's, although some of them are about earlier times in the author's life. In a way, reading Aldo Leopold is like watching Humphrey Bogart in those old movies, with his smoking and tough-guy sexism. We understand these as disreputable today, but can put them in context. Likewise, Aldo Leopold was in many ways a typical countryman of his time and place. He loved to hunt and fish, and even reflexively shot wolves, like everyone else. He came to regret that, and in fact to realize that in the new era, where hunting and fishing have become mass recreations, that the old ways just don't work anymore. But they did in his day, and he does not retrospectively apologize for having been, in a sense, just another predator.

    But he was also a college professor, and an expert naturalist and ecologist. In this book he is a poetic writer about nature and a loving reporter of all things wild. No matter where I lived I would love this book, but having lived not too far from his sand counties and walked his restored prairies makes it the sweeter....more info
  • Wonderful
    Read Walden, then read Sand County Almanac. They might just change the way you think about the world....more info
  • Sand County Almanac
    This classic by conservation prophet Aldo Leopold still reaches the casual environmentalist. Leopold inspires all who read this book to take better care of the ecosystem that humans are a part of, not contollers of....more info
  • A Breath of Fresh Air
    Life got you down? Live in a big city? Take a refreshing break and escape to the Wisconsin countryside in this beautifully written little book about the land and the plants and animals that live and grow there. Aldo Leopold's writing is more compelling than John Muir's,and more knowledgeable than Thoreau's. In a series of short sketches you follow the cycle of the land from January to December. Along the way you learn about history, meet amazing plants and animals, and experience the drama of both the destruction and the rebirth of our land....more info
  • Like a mountain.
    The "Almanac" has been published several ways during the past fifty years, I strongly recommend the book published by Oxford University Press. It includes Thinking like a Mountain, The Land Ethic, and other important essays.
    From Leopold's Sketches: "Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language."
    Scientist, educator, forester, philosopher, writer -- Aldo Leopold appears to many as something of an enigma. In his earlier writings, Leopold was a very different man than we find in this volume. In Leopold's own words: "I was young then, and full or trigger-itch." This insightful classic is a gentle, scholarly, fatherly collection of essays, observations and stories. Like Thoreau's Walden, it is revered, loved and widely imitated. Leopold: "Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of a wolf. ... The cowman who cleans his range of wolves does not realize that he is taking over the wolf's job of trimming the herd to fit the range. He has not learned to think like a mountain. Hence we have ... rivers washing the future into the sea."...more info
  • Simply the best
    Aldo Leopold wrote these famous words: "There are those of us who can live without wild things and those of us who cannot." For those of you who cannot, this is your book. Aldo Leopold was a great man like a great old tree, with roots anchored down to earth and an intellect branching out towards new ways of thinking and looking at the world. The combination results in keen observations highlighted by elegant prose. I usually can't read too far into this book without getting a lump in my throat....more info
  • The book that changed my life
    This book will open your eyes to what is going on in the world around us. Whether you agree with Mr. Leopold or not, this book sould be a necessity to live an informed life. No modern naturalist has topped it....more info
  • Sustainable Wisdom
    My introduction to Aldo Leopold's words, reverberating within the covers of A Sand County Almanac, was at the age

    of 5 on the earthy beat of my mother's voice. The message, though above my 5-years ability to comprehend, tolled

    deep within. To this day I can still recall the imagery flowing across my imaginary stage as mom read the recounting

    of Leopolds perceptive observations. Even though at 5 I'd never seen a wild goose, deer or turkey in my home

    woods; and had never heard anyone talk of them there; I knew with a ferver, that they could be in my woods: they

    should be in my home woods. I knew I would look for them there as well.


    My first 'personal read' of A Sand County Almanac, was from that same book, checked out from the Library where my

    mom worked. Even though I'd heard the words several times before, each page was a new adventure. But much more

    than the adventure I felt when reading the adventure stories I'd read from time-to-time on the 'kids' shelves'. This

    adventure was happening in a very real world; my world. That adventure went with me every day as I shuffled among

    the leaves, branches, rocks and soil in my home woods; as I stealthly searched under rocks, in the riffles and holes of

    my home waters.


    Though I read of Leopold's observations in Wisconsin, Arizona, Illinois, Missouri and other places, I saw each of them

    in my home woods; along the banks of my home creek; among the fields of my home wanderings.


    Leopold's words did not become my words ... no, they inspired my innermost heartbeat to rise to the surface where

    in time I developed my own 'home words'. Those are the same words that guide me to this very day.


    This book is much more than a collection of words from a wise man. A Sand County Almanac is an inspired text.

    Inspired by a time far removed from where our society stands today. Written by a man with a clear-eyed vision of

    the future; from wisdom, born of knowledge and understanding on how to attain a better future; above the usual

    human frailty. All said, in simple, clear, humble tones that beckon you to listen; to learn; to understand; to wisely

    apply: to pass on. Leopold was a scientiest with a wonderous command for the ability to put his thoughts in the more

    peaceable tones ... even when those words are meant as stern, hard-hitting corrections.


    In essence, A Sand County Almanac is one of those rare pieces of literature that promotes the finest form of

    sustainability: natural wisdom.


    A Sand County Almanac is a must read for all people; of all ages; for all times. It is timeless and so is our human need to

    hear it's timeless message. Read it often. Read it to others. Pass on the wisdom found within its pages.


    Leopold would be the first to tell you, the book is not about him; it's far more important than a mere man. The book is

    about peaceful coexistence with ourselves and all that encompasses life on this magnificent planet. A Sand County

    Almanac is a guidebook to attaining a balanced life ... with all life, on earth....more info
  • Crucial early conservation writings.
    As I reread this book, I kept finding ideas that were eerily modern. Leopold talked of preserving Arctic areas. He talked of roadless wilderness. He discussed the ethic of placing nature first, at least some of the time, even if it meant that humans wouldn't see or benefit in any economic way. This work was one of the earliest environmental books, written when there were very few others.

    The first part is a month-by-month account of nature in Wisconsin. Leopold discusses natural history, hunting, land use policy, and other similar aspects throughout a year. Then there are several short essays on various similar subjects.

    Leopold is an adequate author, but it is not his prose that sets him apart. (This is the reason for 3 stars) His ideas are profound and influential. Reading this book now will not seem as exciting as reading it 40 years ago when his ideas were not as generally accepted.

    Another criticism is that Leopold seems rather full of himself. Conservation and land ethics had been around for quite a while by then, and Leopold never mentions Theodore Roosevelt, John Wesley Powell, Gifford Pinchot, or John Muir. Leopold owed a debt to these earlier conservationists that he never acknowledges in this book. Reading the book would leave you believing that all this conservation stuff never crossed any other human's mind until Leopold thought of it.

    This book is not for sitting down and reading all the way through. I suspect that if you do this you will be soon nodding off. But if you read a chapter here and there from time to time, and think about the ideas expressed, you will be well served.

    So, overall, a book of important ideas written in less than exciting form.

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  • First Time User
    The whole process went great. It took a few minutes extra at the beginning as it was my first time. Since then, I have bought another book and some other items. It's truly a great way to get a good deal on thing you would never think were available on line. Have plans for many other items that I have been checking out as my budget allows....more info
  • an excellent edition of an outstanding book
    Book worth reading and re-reading for anyone interested in ecology, also professionally, or who has respect for the natural world. In a way it is pity that the book is as vital now as it was. Our undersanding of ecology and needs for looking after our environment increased alongside with the rate of its destruction ...more info
  • 5 Stars Indeed
    I knew I would enjoy this book right from the start, when I found the following passages in the Foreward: "There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot..." and "For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television..."

    If you can relate to those statements, you will love this book. Guaranteed. Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, but he was so much more. He was a visionary. Read those statements again, and when you realize that he wrote them back in 1948, you might be amazed. But as you read the book, you will come to understand how special he was. Facts or knowledge that we take for granted today (e.g., predators play an important role in a healthy ecosystem), Leopold was talking about them over 50 years ago. Time and again I found myself checking the copyright because I could not believe someone was actually thinking this way so long ago.

    However, it's not just the ideas of Leopold that made him special. The way he wrote was special, too. His talent drew you in, even though he was writing about something that, by the sound of it, might be kind of dry. For example, in a section called "Good Oak," he connects the passage of years to the rings of a fallen tree that he is cutting for firewood. Starting with the 1940s he relates one environmental tidbit after another for decades or years: "Now our saw bites into the 1890s...when the last passenger pigeon collided with a charge of shot near Babcock." By the time Leopold is done cutting the fallen tree, the reader has received a fascinating and sobering account of what had transpired to the environment in the area of this oak tree for the previous 80 years. The way he used the backdrop of cutting the tree rings as "markers" of environmental mishaps was masterful. It is Leopold at his best, but fortunately, the book is full of writing like this.

    It is divided into three sections. The first one follows a calendar year on his farm in Wisconsin, with Leopold relating little vignettes about chickadees, skunks, flowers, or whatever else he comes across. It is probably the most charming part of the book. Part two ("Sketches Here and There") contains short remembrances of Leopold's travels to different parts of North America. Unfortunately, the story usually has a "bad" ending - at least, for the environment or for a species (like the now-extinct passenger pigeon). But Leopold had a reason for that. He moves to part three, "The Upshot," where he spells out his ideas for saving the land and the wild things that live there. It is too much to discuss here, but Leopold again hits the mark. His goal was to try and change how Americans think about the use (and abuse) of our environment. Pehaps his biggest lament then, and mine now, is that not enough people care about what we are doing to the land.

    That's why this book was published. The hope of this book was to change the hearts of the average American. It still is. Over fifty years later, it's still in print, and it's still relevant.

    Five stars. Absolutely the best nature/environment book I've ever read.

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  • Social scientists take note...
    A wildlife ecologist friend recommended this to me, and being in the social sciences, I couldn't figure why until I actually read it. Sociologists, economists, psychologists, anthropologists and political scientists have a great deal to learn about our connections with nature and what it really means to be a part of a community. This is the best place to start....more info
  • A must read
    A beautifully written account of Aldo Leopold's awakening to an environmental consciousness....more info
  • A poetic journey for the diehard environmentalist
    Are you one of those people who actually likes to read Thoreau? Well then you're missing out! Aldo Leopold is sooooo much better. Leopold's writing is poetic yet it also calls the common person to action. Likewise Leopold walks the walk when it comes to protecting the environment. While this book isn't exactly page turning, if you like authors like Thoreau, then you should definitely check out The Sand County Almanac, which is the bible to environmentalists. Random Excerpts:: There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot...the opportunity to see geese is more important than television, and the chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free speech. ___Is education possibly a process of trading awareness for things of lesser worth? The goose who trades his is soon a pile of feathers.:: If you are a die hard environmentalist (or you just like to read poetic stuff) this book is for you....more info
  • book revisited
    except for about 3 missprinted words in this book,it is just as good a read as it was for me in high school.A true conservation and nature classic....more info
  • Superb and thoughtful writing by a noted conservationist
    If you have ever loved a wild place, or a secret place, or a place which calmed and sheltered you from the hustle of modern life, you must read Aldo Leopold's classic "A Sand County Almanac." Leopold, a noted conservationist, puts forth a sort of collection of musings, essays, arguments, and general thoughts on anything and everything having to do with nature. He covers water conservation, the migration of seeds and spores, hunting, the crumbling of a tree into loam from which another tree will eventually grow. At his very best, Leopold raises both the level of discourse and the level of writing to something that can stand with the finest literature:

    "Within a few weeks now, Draba, the smallest flower that blows, will sprinkle every sandy place with small blooms. He who hopes for spring with upturned eye will never see so small a thing as Draba. He who despairs of spring with downcast eye steps on it, unknowing. He who searches for spring with his knees in the mud finds it, in abundance. Draba asks, and gets, but scant allowance of warmth and comfort; it subsists on the leavings of unwanted time and space. Botany books give it two or three lines, but never a plate or portrait. Sand too poor and sun too weak for bigger, better blooms are good enough for Draba. After all, it is no spring flower, but only a postscript to a hope."

    When Leopold can describe a tiny nothing of a plant with such delicacy, beauty, and restraint, you know that you are reading the work of a rare and informed writer. I could quote from the book forever, as the gorgeous passages are many, but I urge you to read it yourself instead and discover an enduring voice in defense of the American wilderness....more info

  • A lazy enjoyable read for the learning environmetalist
    This book was a very enjoyable read. It made many strong environment point by incoperating them into lazy stories of Aldo's outdoor experinces. Environmentally the writer was a mastermind tha made theories about nature that people did not except until years later. This book is great for someone who wants an enjoyable read and wants to learn about environmentalism. On the downside it is not very structured and goes from one random thought to another. Then agian that is one of its charms. The writer does not force ideas upon you in this book. He writes with compassion not anger. This book is great and I recommend it...more info
  • A sublime experience, but not for everyone
    I keep this book on my nightstand and read an essay or two after my pj's are on and before going to bed. My bookmark is a pencil for making notes in the margin when particularly wonderful passages are encountered. The margins are very full.

    Aldo opens our eyes to worlds in our own backyards which have always existed but which have remained undiscovered due to our own dull-sightedness. I considered myself an avid nature-watcher, but the extent to which Mr. Leopold carries this hobby is humbling. He inspires any true fan to learn the names and habits of every tree, shrub, weed, thistle, bird, insect, and critter native to one's home county, and to hone one's journaling skills and master the talent of imagery and metaphor.

    But, this book is not for everyone. I've read favorite passages to friends only to watch their eyes glaze with disinterest. If you're the outgoing, life-of-the-party, must-always-be the-center-of-attention type, then perhaps The DaVinci Code would be of interest. But if you enjoy solitary walks in the woods, canoe paddles on distant foggy lakes, or reading prose with your pj's on, then this is required reading.
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  • Galaxy (Oxford) edition is worth the extra money
    This review does not relate directly to the information in the book which has been discussed in detail in many excellent reviews. This book is truly for the person who loves the outdoors and is in itself 5 stars
    My comments relate to the quality of the materials and format of the book. A good friend of mine gives this book to many of his friends so that they can become more aware of the environment and world around them. I thought that this was a great idea since we are so busy with HDTV, IPODS, Blackberrys and cell phones. I purchased one copy of the Galaxy (Oxford)publication and several of the Ballantine. There is no comparison. The Ballantine is a typical, cheap paperback. The Galaxy (White cover with Geese) is much nicer and makes a much better gift. It is definitely worth the extra money. When one considers the information deleted from the Ballantine edition (see review by Reiheld), it makes the argument even more compelling. My final comments --enjoy the reading, but spend the extra dollar or so and really enjoy the book. ...more info
  • A Sand County Almanac is my favorite of all books.
    Aldo Leopold's brief book is a lyrical and poeitic expression of the passion and reverence that the author had for the natural world. Just a piece of wasteland, an old farm, is transformed for the reader into the magic place it was to Leopold. "...I am glad that I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map." expresses Leopold's wish for the preservation of wild places of solitude where nature abounds. A Sand County Almanac has provided me with a wealth of wonderful quotes for my environment and biology classes....more info
  • Quietly powerful
    As one who has lived my life in the out-of-doors and has a great appreciation for it, Leopold writes what I've always felt but never could express. Leopold's love for nature is shared in a way that all can appreciate....more info

 

 
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