By Robert Leonard Reid
Yes, each inch of the globe has been visible, mapped, photographed, and measured, yet is it recognized? Robert Leonard Reid doesn’t imagine so. to attract a circle and calculate its diameter isn't really to grasp the circle. during this assortment, Reid distinguishes himself from many science-based nature writers, utilizing the flora and fauna as a springboard for speculations and musings at the numinous and the sacred, injustice, homelessness, the therapy of local Peoples within the usa, and what pushes mountaineers to climb. Ranging of their settings from jap New Mexico to northern Alaska, Reid’s essays illustrate his trust that the yank West is worthy celebrating and being concerned for.
Taking its identify from an affecting speech given by means of popular writer Barry Lopez, Because it's so Beautiful is a reaction to determined questions surrounding America’s wildlands. Lopez’s phrases resonated with the younger mountaineer-musician-mathematician Robert Leonard Reid, who used to be suffering to appreciate his dating to the realm, to discover his imaginative and prescient as a author. What he realized on that long-ago night is knit in the course of the nineteen items within the assortment, which come with essays from Reid’s prior books Arctic Circle, Mountains of the good Blue Dream, and America, New Mexico; 3 essays that seem right here in print for the 1st time; in addition to revised and extended models of essays that seemed in Touchstone, The Progressive, and elsewhere.
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