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In 1849, 11-year-old John Muir immigrated from Scotland to America. Here, he rose from farmer and sawmill worker to become a noted authority on the botany, glaciers, and forestry of the nation's wilderness. Best known for his long association with the Yosemite Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Muir also explored, mostly afoot, the southern States, Alaska, tIn 1849, 11-year-old John Muir immigrated from Scotland to America. Here, he rose from farmer and sawmill worker to become a noted authority on the botany, glaciers, and forestry of the nation's wilderness. Best known for his long association with the Yosemite Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Muir also explored, mostly afoot, the southern States, Alaska, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert. His studies of nature took him around the world and generated volumes of poetic, evocative writings. 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 doting daughters, his conservationist views forced him into battle with powerful political and industrial interests. Some battles he won, influencing four US Presidents to sponsor legislation that protected forests and established or expanded America's national parks. Muir lost his last, and perhaps most personal battle. He fought until near the end of his life to prevent the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park from becoming a reservoir for the city of San Francisco. Some of his conservationsist friends believed the conflict so sapped his physical, emotional, and spiritual strength that it contributed to his death. Remembered as the founder of the Sierra Club, father of America's conservation movement, and architect of a still growing wilderness ethic, Muir set an example many still follow, fighting today's threats to the environment....

Title : John Muir: Magnificent Tramp
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ISBN : 9780765310712
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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John Muir: Magnificent Tramp Reviews

  • Jan C
    2019-03-27 19:04

    Maybe this works better as a physical book. As an audio book it was confusing and repetitive.Maybe there is a better, clearer biography of John Muir somewhere out there. Or maybe it is waiting to be written.The book went in circles and repeated stories it had already told; left incomplete stories it might have told. For instance, he had a good friend that he went tramping with but they had a falling out. Over what????John Muir himself was a better writer than this. And his story deserves to be told in a straightforward fashion.As noted, I hope the printed word is clearer than the audio of this book. But at least I got it from the library and didn't spend an arm and a leg on it.

  • Dave Christensen
    2019-04-25 22:39

    A good book overall. My only issue is that it is not chronological, so the author tended to repeat the same stories multiple times. At some points I thought I lost my place in the book and was re-reading a section, but it turned out the author was just re-telling an event. Not a bad introduction to a man I knew very little about.

  • Marty
    2019-04-01 00:44

    This is actually the second time around for me reading this book. I love the simplicity the author Rod Miller allows for an easy read of the iconic historical man and his many travels. Great read for all to enjoy.

  • KimScripture
    2019-03-30 21:50

    I was really disappointed by this biography. Thought it was disjointed and I really didn't feel I got to know John Muir the person. It was more like a summary of where he went and who he met and what he did but not much about HIM.

  • Robyn
    2019-04-23 00:39

    "If American history were a bookshelf, the story of John Muir's productive life would tuck conveniently between the volumes on the Civil War and World War I."I really enjoyed this short biography of one of the most fascinating people in history! It was well written, concise and to the point, no extra fluff, and just presented on topic stories and anecdotes from Muir's life. The book was broken down into different sections and topics of his life, and I thought that was a great way to get across this information without any subject getting boring or going stale. I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator, an American male, was pretty decent until he would quote John Muir and attempt to do a Scottish accent. It had me rolling, it sounded like a bad Russian accent from a sitcom. Other than that though, it was a very good quick read.

  • Hugo Torres
    2019-03-27 20:39

    It is apropos that I finished the audio-book experience on this work on Earth Day and that I had the opportunity to incorporate it into my Toastmasters Speech today on Water Conservation.John Muir is a named that I have heard ever since I became aware that the more beautiful places on earth (and there are many) must be protected from those among us who believe progress trumps nature. Even then, in adolescence, I knew that there once was a man who fought with zeal for the majestic and the small and his legacy adorned the marquees of local high-schools, some local peaks and the cool Sierra Club stickers that adorned my old Jeep.What I learned from this book is that Mr. Muir was an international wanderer and whose travels were beyond what I could have ever imagined. This was a man who pursued his love for the unseen path ahead and in his quest to wander gained fame and influence that is still revered and emulated by many.Our global community is at a crossroads and though many will not read many of Muir's original writings, a biography like this provides insights into a time and a man when mankind became aware that our combined actions affect so much more than we could have imagined. Muir's story is simple, harrowing, uncompromising and tinged with bitter-sweetness. After all, humankind fights the very earth that houses it and it takes reverence for our home-earth to fight our kind and maintain it.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-31 23:40

    Miller's account of John Muir's life was surprisingly uninspiring at first. Muir is, after all, an American hero and was one of its greatest adventurers. Some of the topics he wrote of in earlier chapters seemed like footnotes to Muir's life, and lacked the sort of excitement I was expecting. The story picked up quite quickly, though, and Miller did a nice job of building the story topically rather than linearly. So, by the time the adventure heavy topics were discussed, I had developed an emotional buy-in that heightened the reading experience. I had already been introduced to Muir in a more mundane context, which made the exciting events of his life more meaningful. Overall, a good read, and a great biographical introduction to a great man.

  • Maggie
    2019-04-12 20:05

    although the book is oddly arranged, the writer did forewarn us that he would show the complex life of John Muir in its myriad parts. he did. consequently the book could be shorter probably by 1/3 if reordered because of the details that were unnecessarily repeated. on the other hand, John Muir was a complex man and his major accomplishments are well worth reading about. this book does justice to Muir's environmental and personal life as well as to his many journeys, his friendships, and his political contacts/influence. i listened to the audio version of this book and the reader, where appropriate, used a mild scottish tone to his Muir delivery. fairly well done, imo, because i don't have a need to "hear" only people who sound like me.

  • Donna
    2019-03-29 02:00

    This book gave me exactly what I was looking for--the essential facts about the life of this incredible, original, unfettered soul. There is much to wonder at: his extensive travels throughout the world in an age before automobiles; his mystical connection to the natural world; his ability to maintain deep, lifelong, long-distance relationships with a wide range of people long before the advent of electronic messaging; the spartan toughness, stubbornness, and luck that saved his life time after time.Muir himself was highly skeptical about the power of words to convey the essence of natural wonders. But in the absence of the man himself, John Muir: Magnificent Tramp is a competent biography that can at least provide some structure for the imagination.

  • Michael Avery
    2019-04-21 18:54

    Excellent, easy biography of Muir. It was interesting to read all about Muir's life. I had a vague idea of how he spent the first 40 years of his life, but knew little of after that. This biography gave me an overview of all the major events. He was married at 42 and had two children after that. He spent most of his 40's raising fruit in Martinez, California to support his family. But his wife encouraged him to keep traveling and writing because he seemed to like it so much. Not an in depth book, but a good overview of the man.

  • Jim
    2019-04-23 17:41

    Excellent -- I was inspired to buy this book after watching the recent WGBH series on the national parks... this book provided a great insight to the life, passion, and gift of the John Muir who's name is common... but who's contribution to the preservation and conservation of natural environs (mostly, in the Sierras... and most profoundly in Yosemite) but all around the glove.Quite a colorful character. The book is well written, and easy to read; a great biography -- and, made me want to pursue further some of John Muir's own accounts of his trips and his autobiographical writings.

  • Adam Kendrick
    2019-04-15 22:54

    Though this book taught me a lot about a man whom I admired and possessed little background knowledge of, it just was not written that well. The chapters tended to be redundant, oddly ordered, and at times slow. I never once questioned if it was or was not worth finishing, but I did have to execute a bit of patience. Well worth the read if you want to learn about this intriguing, iconic man, and the country he did so much for to preserve.

  • D. Blaine
    2019-04-02 00:56

    Love the man, didn't care for this book. The style was very confusing, as it sounded like 4 or 5 articles or essays that were cobbled together. The author backtracks many times over, telling Muir's life story from different contexts. This results in many facts and stories being repeated, many times more than once. I can't understand why the author didn't write a linear biography. By the last third of the book, I was very annoyed, but I finished due to the subject matter.

  • JennanneJ
    2019-04-02 00:05

    John Muir was such an interesting person, but you'd barely know it reading this book. It's a disjointed telling with fragments of stories stuck in here and there and everywhere. I only read 100 pages in, because I am certain there must be better biographies out there. The problem was, with each chapter, the author started Muir's life all over again and did a timeline with a certain topic in mind. Therefore, there was lots of ground covered and recovered, but not delved into very deep.

  • Arizonagirl
    2019-04-03 20:01

    I was listening to this in January, 2017 and realized I have already listened to it. I guess I didn't retain much. I would prefer that the book be organized more chronologically with less repetition. I would like more detail about Muir and don't feel like I got to know him very well through this introduction.

  • Meredith
    2019-04-20 19:50

    I am in love with John Muir, he is the grizzly-adams of my dreams.I can only imagine the thousands upon thousands of miles he walk across the US and the world. He would be one of the people from history I would love to have dinner with.

  • Lara
    2019-04-16 00:46

    So I actually listened to this as an audio book. It was very interesting but, the voice actor was super cheesy and had a very unfortunate Scottish accent. Very unfortunate.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-13 20:47

    Recommended by ???

  • Keith
    2019-04-25 19:58

    The man was better than the book.

  • Valerie
    2019-04-12 20:00

    Interesting story, but the structure of this book made no sense - confusing and repetitive.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-04 17:50

    To read for the Book Riot's 2016 Read Harder Challenge - a biography

  • Robin
    2019-04-26 01:45

    It was good to learn a little bit more about John Muir's life before the Sierra Club and what led to his conservationism.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-27 02:01

    Interesting man..this book about him, not so much.

  • Carole
    2019-04-22 17:47

    I read this book to help me develop a character in my own story and really liked it. What an interesting man!

  • Barbara
    2019-03-27 17:42

    Interesting but repetitiously organized