Travels in Alaska

By John Muir
Read by Noah Waterman

7.65 Hours 01/01/1996 unabridged
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In the late 1800s, John Muir made several trips to the pristine, relatively unexplored territory of Alaska, irresistibly drawn to its awe-inspiring glaciers and its wild menagerie of bears, bald eagles, wolves, and whales. Half poet and half geologist, he recorded his experiences and reflections in Travels in Alaska, a work he was in the process of completing at the time of his death in 1914.

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In the late 1800s, John Muir made several trips to the pristine, relatively unexplored territory of Alaska, irresistibly drawn to its awe-inspiring glaciers and its wild menagerie of bears, bald eagles, wolves, and whales. Half poet and half geologist, he recorded his experiences and reflections in Travels in Alaska, a work he was in the process of completing at the time of his death in 1914.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The book abounds in passages of wonderful beauty...In this as in all his other books two qualities stand out pre-eminently—the sincerity of his enthusiasm, the intensity of his religious faith. Sierra Club
“While all of Muir’s books are charming, this one presents peculiar features of interest in addition to the pleasing literary style and scientific accuracy that characterize the others...his writings [are] unsurpassed as records of the history of nature.” Mississippi Valley Historical Review
“Take a trip to last century’s Alaska through Muir’s clean, easy-going, enthusiastic prose. He wrote the way he took pictures, with insight, attention, care, and genuine feeling. It’s a lovely look into a beautiful land and its inhabitants the way it used to be, told in a flowing narrative that is far less rushed than contemporary travel tales.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Probably no other man in this country has his enthusiasm for mountains and glaciers…united with so rare a literary gift.” John Burroughs, American naturalist and essayist
“Men like Muir continue for us the spiritual reclamation of North America. At their keenest, they evoke for us something of the freshness of an hour and a day when, before the intervention of culture, men saw the world for the first time as something wonderful and new.” John Haines

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Author Bio: John Muir

John Muir (1838–1914), Scottish-born American naturalist, was one of the most influential conservationists and nature writers in American history. Founder of the Sierra Club and its president until his death, he was instrumental in helping to save wilderness areas, including Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park. He was a spirit so free that all he did to prepare for an expedition was to “throw some tea and bread into an old sack and jump the back fence.”

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 7.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English