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Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt's American Wilderness

Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt's American Wilderness


Book Overview: Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt's American Wilderness

Bestselling author David Gessner's wilderness road trip inspired by America's greatest conservationist, Theodore Roosevelt, is "a rallying cry in the age of climate change" (Robert Redford)."Leave it as it is," Theodore Roosevelt announced while viewing the Grand Canyon for the first time. "The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it." Roosevelt's pronouncement signaled the beginning of an environmental fight that still wages today. To reconnect with the American wilderness and with the president who courageously protected it, acclaimed nature writer and New York Times bestselling author David Gessner embarks on a great American road trip guided by Roosevelt's crusading environmental legacy. Gessner travels to the Dakota badlands where Roosevelt awakened as a naturalist; to Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon where Roosevelt escaped during the grind of his reelection tour; and finally, to Bears Ears, Utah, a monument proposed by Native Tribes that is currently embroiled in a national conservation fight. Along the way, Gessner questions and reimagines Roosevelt's vision for today's lands. "Insightful, observant, and wry," (BookPage) Leave It As It Is offers an arresting history of Roosevelt's pioneering conservationism, a powerful call to arms, and a profound meditation on our environmental future.

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PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication Date2021-08-03
EditionFirst Edition
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Weight lbs
David Gessner is a renowned American author, primarily known for his engrossing works in the field of environmental literature. Trained in fiction writing at Harvard University with a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado, Gessner's career excelled in harmony with his passion for environmental conservation, making a significant impact in literature exploring the human connection to the natural world. Gessner's most celebrated works include "All the Wild That Remains" and "My Green Manifesto". These books reflect his captivating storytelling talents alongside his deep ecological understanding, contributing immensely to both environmental literature and advocacy. His writings earned him many prestigious accolades, such as the John Burroughs Award for the best nature essay and Pushcart Prizes. Apart from writing, Gessner also served as the Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington for several years. His versatile skills in teaching and storytelling continue to inspire students and readers, shaping the landscape of contemporary environmental literature and conservation efforts.

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