Grinnell: America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West


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6.3 X 1.7 X 9.5 inches | 2.2 pounds

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About the Author

John Taliaferro is a graduate of Harvard College, a former senior editor at Newsweek, and the author of five previous books, including All the Great Prizes, winner of the Douglas Dillon Award. He lives in Texas and Montana.


An impressive, eminently readable biography of the great conservationist George Bird Grinnell.... Anyone who's ever set foot in a national park and wondered how it came to be will find an important part of the answer in this expansive look at an equally expansive life.--Publishers Weekly, starred review
A fine biography of a significant environmental champion.--Kirkus Reviews
George Bird Grinnell is one of fascinating characters of the nineteenth century--a participant in events both heroic and tragic--and so it is good news that we have a full biography. Conservation traces many of its roots to Grinnell, so we need to understand him!--Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
George Bird Grinnell, one of the great visionaries in American environmentalism, has long deserved to have his story told. Among our ablest biographers, John Taliaferro has given us a smartly crafted and richly detailed portrait of a sage life that speaks to our often reckless but sometimes responsible ways, past and present.--Jack E. Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf
A meticulous, indelible, and exhilarating portrait of George Bird Grinnell, in which John Taliaferro returns the ardent conservationist and ethnographer to full life. And what a life it was. A steadfast friend to North American wildlands and wildlife--and to its native peoples--Grinnell strides across the pages of this fine biography alive with the same passions that impelled him to roam and to write about the vanishing frontier.--William Souder, author of On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
Without a doubt, the United States is a better place because of George Bird Grinnell.... [We] finally have an exhaustively detailed biography of an inexhaustible man who deserves his place in the pantheon of environmental founders.... Grinnell's memory lives on in the wild. And with this book, he is given the fresh look that he deserves.--Timothy Egan