Wilderness Warrior

wilderness warrior cover image Wilderness Warrior

by Douglas Brinkley
Harper Perennial, 2010
Paperback, 960 pages

The national park system would not be what it is today without the bold and visionary actions of Theodore Roosevelt. “I so declare it!” he said (presaging the executive orders of our current president). And so it was that over 230 million acres of America’s forests, wild lands and waters, and the wildlife that called them home were protected from development and desecration by the mere scratch of a quill. Roosevelt believed deeply that it was the very essence of democracy to ensure that every American could experience a personal connection with the magnificent natural legacy contained within America and her territories. He was literally disgusted with the greed, corruption, and petty profiteering of his fellow man and committed his life to fighting the forces of destruction and protecting America’s treasure for future generations. In The Wilderness Warrior, Douglas Brinkley tells this captivating story of an extraordinary and complex man and how he and his compatriots accomplished what seemed impossible. A terrific book!