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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 Univ. of Georgia Press (first published May 15th 2009)
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Lacy
I'm more than a little appalled that I hadn't heard of Mabel Rosalie Edge until recently. She was a mover and shaker and firmly shook up the establishment to make some much-needed change. She changed attitudes and culture. We are still feeling the shock waves of her incredible life today.

This biography was dense and didn't skimp out on details. I enjoyed reading this. About halfway through, I had the realization that, in order to give such a detailed account, the author really had to submerse he
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Amanda
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think 4.5 stars. I had a weird false start with this book, and I couldn’t get into it at all. I blame the flu. A week later, I picked it back up and felt entirely different – and I read nearly all of it in a weekend. I’m surprised and disappointed that I wasn’t familiar with Rosalie Edge prior to reading this book; she is such an incredible leader in the conservation movement. Rosalie was such a badass, and is hugely inspirational. I really enjoyed reading this book, and learning about all of ...more
Barb
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found it hard to get into the book but did enjoy it after I did. Learned a lot about someone I had never heard of before and all she did.
Laura
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed learning about Rosale Edge, a pioneer in conservation. Moreover, it was eye opening to see how industry had such negative influence over attitudes and policies towards wildlife and trees. The book laid out how Edge was an effective activist and accomplished important "firsts" in protecting ecosystems. I wish Furmansky would have written a little more about the Audubon Society as it moved forward through the 20th century into the present since the prevailing theme of the book was ...more
Bob Stocker
May 01, 2012 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 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.

The Bottom Line

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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