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Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists

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Rosalie Edge (1877-1962) was the first American woman to achieve national renown as a conservationist. Dyana Z. Furmansky draws on Edge’s personal papers and on interviews with family members and associates to portray an implacable, indomitable personality whose activism earned her the names “Joan of Arc” and “hellcat.” A progressive New York socialite and veteran suffragi ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book (first published May 15th 2009)
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Bob Stocker
May 10, 2012 Bob Stocker rated it really liked it
Rosalie Edge (1877-1962) was the little-known and unheralded mother of the modern conservation movement. She began life as the favorite child of an over-indulgent well-to-do father and developed into a conversationist only in late middle age. Her first significant conservation action was to question the propriety of National Association of Audubon Societies' close ties to ammunition manufactures and hunters when she was nearly 52 years old.

Dyana Furmansky's book about Edge develops slowly, too.
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Linda
Aug 30, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
A 1937 photo of Rosalie Edge dressed in a suit and hat with a red-tailed hawk perched on her arm provides a clue to readers they are about to read the story of a remarkable woman who was ahead of her time. Dyana Z. Furmansky tells the story of Rosalie Edge, a socialite, estranged wife, mother, suffragette, activist, bird enthusiastic and conservationist.

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Using Rosalie’s personal papers, interviews with her children, and her own research, Ms. Furmansky brought Rosalie Edge to life f
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Louise Chambers
A formidable woman! That she established Hawk Mountain Sanctuary when most folks were still slaughtering hawks and other birds of prey, is enough to sing her praises. But to read of the many other battles for preservation and conservation of animals, trees and land is wonderful.

This book is filled with details and facts of meetings and Congressional hearings, so is somewhat slow to read, but well worth it.
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