Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America's Public Lands

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Blackstone Publishing
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5.3 X 6.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.1 pounds

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About the Author

John Clayton is the author of The Cowboy Girl which was a finalist for a High Plains Book Award, as well as Small Town Bound, Stories from Montana's Enduring Frontier, and Images of America: Red Lodge. Clayton writes for The Montana Quarterly and his book Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon, also published by Pegasus Books, was an Honored Book at the Montana Book Award. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.


"Mr. Clayton writes with clarity, passion, and insight. This story is uneasily relevant to today...and may even provide a template for addressing climate change. We need our own John Muir and Gifford Pinchot."

-- "Wall Street Journal"

"A crisply written double biography. Clayton paints vivid portraits of each...[and] their preservation versus conservation debate, which still rages."

-- "Booklist"

"In this hybrid biography-history...[Clayton] posits that Muir and Pinchot's differing approaches, far from causing an irreparable rift, balanced each other out...Readers will share Clayton's hope that a similar 'marriage of morality and capability' can help solve today's most pressing issues."

-- "Publishers Weekly"

"[In] his timely book...Clayton looks at the issue of public lands through the lens of these two, seemingly like-minded men: prophet vs. statesman, a romantic vs. a practical man, and Muir's moral authority vs. Pinchot's tactical genius...Today, Clayton writes, we need a 'visionary management framework, ' not 'culture wars.' A substantial contribution to understanding our environmental past."

-- "Kirkus Reviews"