A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There


“Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac was my first book of nature writing and changed my view of the world with such words as: ‘It is warm behind the driftwood now, for the wind has gone with the geese. So would I – if I were the wind.’ I still have my original, yellowed and marked-up copy and will never let it go.” –Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing

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“Few books have had a greater impact than A Sand County Almanac, which many credit with launching a revolution in land management. Written as a series of sketches based principally upon the flora and fauna in a rural part of Wisconsin, the book, originally published by Oxford in 1949, 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; a final section addresses the philosophical issues involved in wildlife conservation. Beloved for its description and evocation of the natural world, Leopold’s book, which has sold well over 2 million copies, remains a foundational text in environmental science and a national treasure.”


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