To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world… John Muir


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The quiet world : saving Alaska’s wilderness kingdom, 1879-1960  Douglas Brinkley  New York : Harper, c 2011  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. x, 576 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [509]-550) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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A history of one of America’s most beautiful natural areas, The Quiet World documents the heroic fight waged from 1879 to 1960 to save wild AlaskaMount McKinley, the Tongass and Chugach national forests, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, Lake Clark, and the Coastal Plain of the Beaufort Sea, among other treasured landscapes. Historian Douglas Brinkley traces the wilderness movement in Alaska, from John Muir to Theodore Roosevelt to Aldo Leopold to Dwight D. Eisenhower, with narrative verve. Basing his research on extensive new archival material, Brinkley shows how a determined group created the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge just before John F. Kennedy became president.

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Brinkley introduces a lively gallery of characters influential in preserving Alaska’s wilderness resources: U.S. Supreme Court justice William O. Douglas, who championed the Brooks Range; charming Ivy League explorer Charles Sheldon, who led the campaign to create Denali National Park; intrepid Bob Marshall, who cofounded The Wilderness Society; hermit illustrator Rockwell Kent, who lived in isolation on Fox Island; nature photographer Ansel Adams, whose image Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake set off a wave of public interest in America’s tallest peak; and U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Rachel Carson, among many more.

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