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John Muir
John Muir
Mary Colwell


Throughout his life, John Muir was a passionate believer that everyone needs a place to play, and some places were just too special to be destroyed for money.

Born in Scotland in 1838, the celebrated naturalist had a harsh childhood, yet he fell irrevocably in love with the world around him. After emigrating to America, he grew up with a passion for nature and its Maker, becoming a founding father of the National Parks of America. A skilled and ingenious inventor, a superb writer and a fearless explorer, he found his heaven on earth in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He was the founder and first President of the Sierra Club.

“Read this and meet the man whose writing, commitment and integrity persuaded a president that nature matters.” --- Professor Tim Birkhead FRS, author of The Wisdom of Birds

“John Muir changed the world. Mary Colwell does him justice in this lively and accessible account.” ---George Monbiot, author of Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life

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The Scotsman who saved America's wild places

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