Carol Ruckdeschel is the wildest woman in America. She eats road kill, wrestles alligators, rides horses bareback, and lives in a ramshackle cabin that she built herself in an island wilderness. She’s had three husbands and many lovers, one of whom she shot and killed in self-defense. A combination of Henry David Thoreau and Jane Goodall, Carol is a self-taught scientist who has become a tireless defender of sea turtles on Cumberland Island, a national park off the coast of Georgia.
Cumberland is the country's largest and most biologically diverse barrier island - over 40 square miles of pristine wilderness celebrated for its windswept dunes and feral horses. Steel magnate Thomas Carnegie owned much of Cumberland, and his widow Lucy made it a Gilded Age playground. But in recent years, Carnegie heirs and the National Park Service have clashed with Carol over the island’s future. What happens when a dirt-poor naturalist with only a high school diploma tries to stop one of the wealthiest families in America? Untamed is the story of an American original standing her ground and fighting for what she believes in, no matter the cost.
©2014 Will Harlan. Recorded by arrangement with Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
This story recounts the efforts of a remarkable woman and her impact on sea turtles, Cumberland Island Wilderness and conservation efforts. The story weaves in some good history of the Carnegie family, the Civil War, the National Park Service and Conservation.
Thank you Will Harlan. I loved every detail, every moment. I am blessed to know the facts, history and
Details of Cumberland Island.
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