As America expanded relentlessly westward, Muir witnessed the plunder and exploitation of the land and became a driving force in efforts to protect the natural world. A modest and private man, married and father of two daughters, his conservationist views forced himinto battle with powerful political and industrial interests. He influenced four U.S. presidents to sponsor legislation that protected forests and established or expanded America's national parks.
John Muir's story is a fascinating and compelling one. However, the authors attempt at a thematic approach fell short of the mark, resulting in significant repetition and confusing jumping around timelines. The narrator would have been fine had he not attempted a Scottish accent at times, which was truly woeful and I doubt he has ever listened to a Scottish accent in his life.