An interesting personal journey,
This review is from: Travels in the Greater Yellowstone (Hardcover)
Jack Turner does not seem to have lost any of his inner indignation about the way that the US federal government as well as local state governments run the national parks, especially Yellowstone and its surrounds. What I find fascinating is that while he is somewhat cynical of government efforts, who are under pressure from commercial interests, he does not fail to mention the occasional success. Yellowstone itself as it is, is a success although under constant human stress from imported pests, industrialisation and so on.
This is his second book concerning the Rocky mountains where he lives and how human beings impact the plants and animals there. He also talks a good bit of the animals and their behaviour. Turner is more of an academic writer, or maybe I should say intellectual one given his educational background. Compare this to other writers such as Doug Peacock of Edward Abbey who write more from the gut, so to speak.
This book tells the reader a good bit more about the author and his hiking/mountain guiding occupation. One must not forget that the author is in his 70's (or at least high 60's), not exactly an easy task for an older person. I enjoyed his fishing tales, the stories of the land, his bodily suffering. An interesting personal journey.