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Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson

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Sigurd Olson (1899-1982) was acknowledged during his lifetime as a leader of the American environmental movement, an emblematic figure for a generation of activists. A Wilderness Within is the award-winning biography of this writer, teacher, and activist who was a harbinger of the raising of America's ecological consciousness.
Paperback, 408 pages
Published August 15th 1999 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published January 1st 1997)
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Lisa Kearns
Jan 31, 2013 Lisa Kearns rated it it was amazing
I've read every book Sigurd Olson wrote, and was eager to read the "behind the scenes" story of his life. I was somewhat surprised to learn that he suffered from depression, since his books are are folksy, humorous and upbeat. He was middle aged when his first book manuscript was accepted, and I'm amazed that he had the will to keep writing after so many rejections.

His battles with the park service, US Government and local towns during the forming of the Quetico-Superior/Boundary Waters wilderne
Linda Kenny
Sep 19, 2015 Linda Kenny rated it really liked it
Not being a native Minnesotan, my first introduction to Olson was when my daughters attended a school named after him. We snowshoe every winter in the Boundary Waters and have canoed in the BWCA. Just recently I started reading his books and jumped at the chance to learn more about him when I saw his biography in the gift shop at the U of M Landscape Arboretum. For the most part it is an engrossing story of a complicated man who loved nature, fought to preserve wilderness and found a way to even ...more
Mar 17, 2012 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding biography of one of our greatest wilderness advocates. He was a driven man, both in his passion for protecting wilderness but also to write his impressions and feeling of wild places. An often troubled and pretty ego driven person. I think one of the best written biographies I have read in sometime.
Mar 04, 2009 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Incredible. Reading a biography can be quite a journey. It helped to see how Sig O figured out what to do with his life. And then he did so very much with his life -- I never realized just how much of an impact he had on the world.
May 29, 2008 angrykitty rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008, bio-autobio, science
what can i say...i'm from mn and this guys's like a god to many from mn....though not me. he's like the orginal tree hugger, so you wouldn't think i'm interested, but you know....whatever.
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