By David Gessner
Archetypal wild guy Edward Abbey and correct, devoted Wallace Stegner left their footprints everywhere in the western panorama. Now, award-winning nature author David Gessner follows the ghosts of those extraordinary writer-environmentalists from Stegner's birthplace in Saskatchewan to the location of Abbey's pilgrimages to Arches nationwide Park in Utah, braiding their tales and asking how they converse to the lives of all those that care concerning the West.
These nice westerners had very varied principles approximately what it intended to like the land and check out to take care of it, they usually did so in exceedingly varied types. Boozy, lustful, and irascible, Abbey used to be most sensible often called the writer of the unconventional The Monkey Wrench Gang (and additionally of the vintage nature memoir Desert Solitaire), recognized for spawning the assumption of guerrilla actions—known to admirers as "monkeywrenching" and to legislation enforcement as household terrorism—to disrupt advertisement exploitation of western lands. in contrast, Stegner, a buttoned-down, disciplined, devoted kinfolk guy and committed professor of inventive writing, committed himself to operating in the course of the process to guard western websites corresponding to Dinosaur nationwide Monument in Colorado.
In a quarter beset by way of droughts and fires, via fracking and drilling, and through an ever-growing inhabitants that appears to be like within the technique of loving the West to demise, Gessner asks: how may perhaps those farseeing environmental thinkers have replied to the crisis?
Gessner takes us on an inspiring, exciting trip as he renews his personal dedication to cultivating a significant courting with the wild, confronting American overconsumption, and combating environmental injustice—all whereas reawakening the fun of the phrases of his nice heroes.
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