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The Mountain Man And The President
Introduction By Alex Haley, General Editor
We all have our own special places. I prefer the Tennessee hills and the forest of the Pacific Northwest. When I'm working on a book, I like to get away to sea and write. There is the quiet beauty, the majesty of nature to find peace and inspiration in. A writer needs that, people need that.
David Weitzman's book is about our need for special places. It's about the importance of the wilderness in our lives.
And even though it is set in the recent past, the early 1900s, it is also about the future. Our world has a few million, maybe a few billion, years of life in it. Our children—your children—and all the children to come will need the wilderness—for what it does for the soul and for what it does for life on our planet. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above Foreword by Alex Haley is presented under the Creative Commons License. © 1993 Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
The Mountain Man And The President • Reviews
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." - John Muir.
"This short story-book for elementary school readers focuses on the 1903 Yosemite camping trip shared by John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt. The book is excellent in explaining how this historical event relates to the importance of wilderness in our lives today, and the continuing need to protect wilderness for the future." - Sierra Club Foundation.
"This book relates the story of the friendship between naturalist John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt and its impact on bringing about government protection of America's wilderness." - California Online Resources For Education.