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John Muir and the Ice That Started A Fire

by Kim Heacox

A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir by Donald Worster book cover

( from the book's dust jacket )
John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire
by Kim Heacox (Lyons Press, Guilford, Connecticut, 2014); 245 pages; includes Acknowledgements, Endnote, Bibliography, Index; About the Author. Available in hardbound with dust jacket, paperback, and ebook formats.

John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire takes two of the most compelling elements in the narrative of wild America - John Muir and Alaska - and combines them into a brisk and engaging biography.

John Muir was a fascinating man who was many things: inventor, scientist, revolutionary, druid (a modern day Celtic priest), husband, father and shining son of the Scottish Enlightenment -- both in temperament and intellect. Muir evolved from outdoor adventurer and author into ecological guardian and activist. He would popularize glaciers unlike anybody else, becoming to glaciers what Jacques Cousteau would be to the oceans and Carl Sagan to the stars.

Muir shows us how one person changed America, helped it embrace its wilderness, and in turn gave us a better world.

The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Muir's death. His legacy is that he reordered our priorities and contributed to a new scientific revolution that was picked up a generation later by Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson, and is championed today by influential writers like E.O. Wilson and Jared Diamond.

Author Kim Heacox details how Muir changed our world, advanced the science of glaciology, and popularized geology how he got people out there. How he gave America a new vision of Alaska, and of itself.

About the Author

Kim Heacox is the author of several books on biography, history, and conservation, plus a novel, Caribou Crossing, about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. His Alaska memoir, The Only Kayak (Lyons Press), a PEN USA Literary Award finalist in creative nonfiction and is now in its seventh printing. Kim was a writer-in-residence at Cambridge University's Scott Polar Research Institute in 1998, and in Denali National Park in 2012. He has written feature articles for many national magazines and opinion-editorials for the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Anchorage Daily News. He lives with his wife, Melanie, in the little town of Gustavus, near Glacier Bay in Alaska.
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