REVIEW ñ John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire

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REVIEW ñ John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire Ç 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 biographyJohn Muir was a fascinating man who was many things inventor scientist revolutionary druUsh the Golden Gate Bridge etc – fell away until one remained an image of John Muir  2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of Muir’s death Muir’s 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 EO Wilson and Jared DiamondHeacox takes us into 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. Must read if you will go or have gone to Alaska or if you are a fan of Muir He made 4 trips to Alaska and advanced glaciation from raw theory to fact Amazing descriptions of Glacier Bay and Muir Glacier The author argues effectively about global warming and conservation without sermonizing

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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 biographyJohn Muir was a fascinating man who was many things inventor scientist revolutionary druid a modern day Celtic priest husband son father and friend and a shining son of the Scottish Enlightenment both in temperament and intellect  Kim Heacox author of The Only Kayak bring us a story that evolves as Muir’s life did from one of outdoor adventure into one of ecological guardianship Muir wen. I have now finished and my reception was mixed I dont feel that any subject was explored in depth and I didn't like the skipping around I did like that other historical events were stated so we could place his life in context with other events Maybe a starter book to see if interest was there for further exploration Also this circled back to other reads I have ongoing at this time which I appreciated That Muir was the father of the conservation movement is without doubt his value priceless Emerson Thoreau and their writing passions influenced him but Muir took it to another level leaving a lasting memorial He was also fortunate to have a wife family that encoraged him I did love this uote As Andrew Carnegie and John D Rockefeller born like Muir in the 1830s happened along at the perfect time to make their fortunes and change American business and industry Muir came along to change conservation and save the American landscape He could have been a great inventor and made alot of money but he dedicated himself instead to saving Nature as a community to which we belong not as a comodity we own His timing by luck or design was perfect; his voice uniue He knew what people wanted to hear what they needed to see Nature's beauty was not a side dish; it was the main meal the best nutrition out there You didn't find Good in Nature God was NatureTruly a great man We could certainly use another like him in our world of today

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John Muir and the Ice That Started a FireT from impassioned author to leading activist He would popularize glaciers unlike anybody else and be to glaciers what Jacues Cousteau would be to the oceans and Carl Sagan to the starsThe book also offers an environmental caveat on global climate change and the glaciers' retreat alongside a beacon of hope Muir shows us how one person changed America helped it embrace its wilderness and in turn gave us a better worldIn 2005 Californians had to choose a design for its commemorative uarter Hundreds of submissions – the iconic Hollywood sign above Hollywood Hills the 1849 Gold R. I first came across this work while reading Mark Adams’ travelogue Tip of the Iceberg where he recreates the Harriman Expedition to Alaska of which John Muir was a member Finding that I wanted to learn about Muir’s time in Alaska I followed Adams’s recommendation and got ahold of this text The John Muir I previously had known was the John Muir of Yosemite the Sierra Club Hetch Hetchy and the great conservationpreservation schism so Kim Heacox offered a new perspective on America’s earliest ecologist with John Muir and the Ice that Started a Fire Heacox is clearly passionate about the subject of this biography as well as Glacier Bay and Alaska and this love is apparent throughout There is clearly much to support the author’s argument that Alaska’s rivers of ice had a profound impact shaping Muir’s understanding of the natural world The book includes much about Muir’s time in Alaska as well as his broader biography including his upbringing and intellectual influences This is combined with Muir’s influences on others the story of Glacier Bay National Park and even a defense of the science of climate change And therein lies my primary issue with this work Heacox just tries to do too much in the span of roughly 200 pages and the reader is led on a bit of a disjointed journey The subject matter argument prose and individual segments of the story are all great it is therefore unfortunate that something is lost in the overall structure of the narrative Ultimately John Muir and the Ice that Started a Fire is definitely still worth the read and I will be searching for Heacox’s other works