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The Forgotten Peninsula: A Naturalist in Baja California

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The author deftly weaves the materials of natural and human history into a radiant, tightly woven fabric. . . . This classic is a book for all seasons—to be reread and savored over the years.—Latin America in Books

"His superb writing style and the timelessness of his subject (the natural world and the interaction of human beings with it) make this every bit as enjoyable t...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by University of Arizona Press (first published 1961)
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Dayna
I read this on the heels of Bruce Berger's Baja book. In retrospect, the reverse order would have been preferable. But both of these were great reads- strong, interesting narrative voices made for compelling reading. I was also struck by how Krutch's philosophical musings about what progress means - pretty much the whole last chapter - resonate today. I am going to go to Baja soon, so will also have an opinion about how this isolated peninsula's better transportation has helped or hurt it.
Sheila
Interesting and fun to read a book about a place you have come to know. I could picture all the different locations he wrote about.

The most interesting chapter was the one concerning the future and Baja. He was right on about most of the world progress and that of Baja.His short statements concerning economics and the lifestyles of the modern world have come to fruition. Unnerving to say the least. Well worth the read.
Cheryl Schibley
Jul 01, 2009 Cheryl Schibley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nature lovers
This wonderful book is about the natural history of the Baja. It's really like no other place on earth.
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Joseph Wood Krutch (pronounced krootch) was an American writer, critic, and naturalist.

He worked as a professor at Columbia University from 1937 to 1953. Moving to Arizona in 1952, he wrote books about natural issues of ecology, the southwestern desert environment, and the natural history of the Grand Canyon, winning renown as a naturalist and conservationist. Krutch is possibly best known for A D...more
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