John Muir: Magnificent Tramp (American Heroes)
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An important protector of the American wilderness, John Muir emigrated from Scotland to the United States in 1849 and became a widely sought expert in botany, glaciers, and forestry. He also gained renown during his life as an explorer, naturalist, and conservationist. Larry Fahn, president of the Sierra Club, has called Rod Miller's biography, "a fascinating new take on a true American icon. Muir's ideas are still relevant to the lives of Americans. The wars he waged are still being fought and the threats to the environment he encountered are as real today as they were in his time. Muir is remembered as the founder of the Sierra Club, the father of America's conservation movement, and the architect of an ever growing environmental ethic. John Muir comes alive again in Rod Miller's Magnificent Tramp.". Best known for his long association with the Yosemite Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Muir also explored the southern states, Alaska, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert, and traveled around the world studying nature.Constantly at odds with powerful political and financial interests, he was instrumental in creating federal protection for forests as well as the establishment and expansion of national parks
Repetitive and poorly organized I'm not quite sure what the author was thinking in organizing the chapters of this book but I imagine he was trying to be thematic by chapter. Unfortunately, this approach leads to many events being mentioned over and over again, to the point that readers would be justified in wondering whether Miller is speaking down to them. I know this book may be aiming at a young. Laurie said One Star. Not good, lost my interest.
Rod Miller has published poems, short stories, historical articles, and essays about the American West. He lives in Sandy, Utah.
All rights reserved. Rebecca MakselCopyright © American Library Association. It's hard to see how this volume adds significantly to the already extensive scholarship on Muir, but its bite-size chapters do make this a pleasingly accessible and easily digested portrait of the father of the conservation movement. From Booklist "One day's exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books," believed naturalist John Muir. He then decided to "tramp" to the Gulf of Mexico. Best known to the American public for his conservation efforts, particularly in Yosemite, Muir was something of a latecomer to the world of letters. After emigrating from Scotland to America with his family at age 11, and moving to Canada to avoid the 1864 draft, Muir lost the sight in his right eye in an industrial accident. Miller ably covers the diverse aspects of Muir's li