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The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960 | [Douglas Brinkley]

The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960

A riveting history of America's most beautiful natural resources, The Quiet World documents the heroic fight waged by the U.S. federal government from 1879 to 1960 to save wild Alaska - ;Mount 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 - from the extraction industries.
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A riveting history of America's most beautiful natural resources, The Quiet World documents the heroic fight waged by the U.S. federal government from 1879 to 1960 to save wild Alaska - Mount 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 - from the extraction industries.

Award-winning 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 colorful band of determined environmentalists created the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge just before John F. Kennedy became president.

Brinkley introduces a lively gallery of characters influential in preserving Alaska's wilderness resources. And wildlife fervently comes to life in The Quiet World: Brinkley tells incredible stories about the sea otters in the Aleutians, moose in the Kenai Peninsula, and birdlife across the Yukon Delta expanse while exploring the devastating effects that reckless overfishing, seal slaughter, and aerial wolf hunting have wrought on Alaska's once-abundant fauna. While taking into account Exxon Valdez-like oil spills, The Quiet World mainly celebrates how the U.S. government has preserved many of Alaska's great wonders for future generations to enjoy.

©2011 Douglas Brinkley (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    "Inspiring!"
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    I thought this book might be tedious to get through: it's not at all. The author weaves a good tale which is inspiring. Let's persist in preserving ANWR!


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    RUI Los banos, CA, United States 05-26-12
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    "A us history of alaskas wildlife"
    If you could sum up The Quiet World in three words, what would they be?

    Alaska wildlife protection history


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    teddy roosevelt for starting the nature preservation movement


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    even though it has a lot of history in this book it involves a lot of wildlife nature making is a really nice audio book


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