The Wilderness Writings of Howard Zahniser
Zahniser's passion for wild places and his arguments for their preservation were communicated through radio addresses, magazine articles, speeches, and congressional testimony. An eloquent and often poetic writer, he seized every opportunity to make the case for the value of wilderness to people, communities, and the nation.
Despite his unquestioned importance and the power of his prose, the best of Zahniser's wilderness writings have never before been gathered in a single volume. This indispensable collection makes available in one place essays and other writings that played a vital role in persuading Congress and the American people that wilderness in the United States deserved permanent protection.
About the Authors
"Howard Zahniser (1906–1964) lived and worked in a world of words, and Harvey (North Dakota State Univ.) has done an exemplary job of arranging Zahniser's own words to reveal his heart and soul, from his spiritual foundations as a child to his eight-year battle to secure passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964."—Choice
"While Howard Zahniser is a legend among those most dedicated to wilderness preservation, he is not as well known more broadly. We are so lucky to have this inspiring and eloquent collection of writings from the quiet visionary and principal architect of the Wilderness Preservation System. His powerful words speak to the enduring value of wilderness to our nation - as much today as they did then."—Jamie Williams, president, the Wilderness Society
"This is a superb collection of the writings of one of the century's foremost conservation writers and leaders. Zahniser's fascination with everyday nature does much to explain his reverence for the community of life. A wonderful addition to literature of environmental history."—James Morton Turner, author of The Promise of Wilderness
Other Titles by Mark W. T. Harvey
Other Titles by William Cronon
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