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Natural rivals : John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the creation of America's public lands / John Clayton.

Clayton, John, (author.).
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Greenwood PL - Greenwood 333.786 CLA (Text) 36626104071279 2nd Floor New Adult Available -
Peabody PL - Columbia City LEASED NON-FICTION 333.786 CLAYTON (Text) 30403002374098 Adult - Non-Fiction Bestseller Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781643130804 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1643130803 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: xxii, 276 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.

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I: Natural prophet, natural statesman. Gramercy Park -- "Radiate radiate radiate" -- Tragedy of John Muir -- "Sufficient confidence in his own wisdom" -- Tragedy of Gifford Pinchot -- II: Birth of public lands. Bigger stakes at play -- Free land for many uses -- No trespassing -- Lake McDonald's delight -- Public good forever -- Epilogue.
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John Muir was a poor immigrant, self-taught, individualistic, and skeptical of institutions, his idealistic belief in the spiritual benefits of holistic natural systems led him to a philosophy of preserving wilderness unimpaired. Gifford Pinchot founded the U.S. Forest Service and advised his friend Theodore Roosevelt on environmental policy. Raised in wealth, educated in privilege, and interested in how institutions and community can overcome failures in individual virtue, Pinchot's pragmatic belief in professional management led him to a philosophy of sustainably conserving natural resources. At stake in 1896 was the new idea that some landscapes should be collectively, permanently owned by a democratic government. Although many people today think of public lands as an American birthright, their very existence was then in doubt, and dependent on a merger of the talents of these two men. This book examines a time of environmental threat and political dysfunction not unlike our own, and reveals the complex dynamic that gave birth to America's rich public lands legacy.
Subject: Muir, John, 1838-1914.
Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946.
National parks and reserves > United States > History.
Naturalists > United States > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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