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Book Title: John Muir: Magnificent Tramp|
The author of the book: Rod Miller
ISBN 13: 9780765310712
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Edition: Forge Books
Date of issue: June 1st 2005
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In 1849, 11-year-old John Muir immigrated from Scotland to America. Here, he rose from farmer and sawmill worker to become a noted authority on the botany, glaciers, and forestry of the nation's wilderness. Best known for his long association with the Yosemite Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Muir also explored, mostly afoot, the southern States, Alaska, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert. His studies of nature took him around the world and generated volumes of poetic, evocative writings.
As America expanded relentlessly westward, Muir witnessed the plunder and exploitation of the land and became a driving force in efforts to protect the natural world. A modest and private man, married and father of two doting daughters, his conservationist views forced him into battle with powerful political and industrial interests. Some battles he won, influencing four US Presidents to sponsor legislation that protected forests and established or expanded America's national parks.
Muir lost his last, and perhaps most personal battle. He fought until near the end of his life to prevent the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park from becoming a reservoir for the city of San Francisco. Some of his conservationsist friends believed the conflict so sapped his physical, emotional, and spiritual strength that it contributed to his death.
Remembered as the founder of the Sierra Club, father of America's conservation movement, and architect of a still growing wilderness ethic, Muir set an example many still follow, fighting today's threats to the environment.
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Read information about the authorFour-time winner of the coveted Western Writers of America Spur Award--for a novel, for poetry, and twice for short fiction --twice winner of the Westerners International Fred Olds Award for Poetry, winner of the Academy of Western Artists award for Best Poetry Book, and winner of a Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for a novel, Rod Miller is a versatile writer. His books include fiction, history, and poetry, his short stories and poems appear in several anthologies, and he writes for a number of Western magazines.
Born and raised in Utah, Miller is a graduate of Utah State University where he earned a degree in Journalism and rode bucking horses for the intercollegiate Rodeo Team. He works as an advertising agency copywriter and creative director, and is a member of Western Writers of America, where he served on the executive board. The League of Utah Writers named Miller 2012 Writer of the Year. He is a frequent presenter on a variety of subjects to writers groups and public forums.
Visit his web sites at www.writerRodMiller.com, www.RawhideRobinson,com, and writerRodMiller.blogspot.com.
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