John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire: How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America

John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire: How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America

by Kim Heacox

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Overview

A dual biography of both the glaciers of Alaska and John Muir, the man responsible for teaching America to embrace its wilderness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493009329
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2015
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 620,962
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kim Heacox has written eight books, four for National Geographic, five on biography and conservation. Heacox's latest book, The Only Kayak (Lyons, 2005), was a PEN USA Literary Award finalist in creative non-fiction and is now in its sixth printing. He has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for excellence in travel writing. A former ranger with the U.S. National Park Service, Kim lives in the little town of Gustavus (pop. 400, reachable only by boat or plane), next to Glacier Bay, where he and his wife, Melanie, are building the Glacier Bay Institute. In 1998, Kim was a writer-in-residence at the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University, (where he wrote a book on the Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton); in 2012 he was a writer-in-residence at Denali National Park, in Interior Alaska.His writing credits include Orion, Audubon, Wilderness, Sierra, National Geographic, GEO and other magazines, plus the literary journals Connotations, Tidal Echoes, and Camas, and op-eds in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The Anchorage Daily News. Heacox also works as an inspirational speaker and has spoken to tens of thousands of people (over the past 20 years) for National Geographic, Smithsonian, the National Outdoor Leadership School, U.S. National Park Service, Alaska Conservation Foundation, Lindblad Expeditions, The Nature Conservancy, The Wilderness Society, and many schools and universities. www.kimheacox.com.

Table of Contents

Prologue: the gospel of glaciers xi

Part 1 1879-1880

Chapter 1 the heaven right here 3

Chapter 2 a skookum-house of ice 15

Chapter 3 it is not a sin to go home 29

Chapter 4 we must risk our lives in order to save them 41

Part 2 1888-1898

Chapter 5 old friends, new friends 55

Chapter 6 no lowland grippe microbe 71

Chapter 7 moneyfest destiny 87

Chapter 8 that masterful grasp of material things 107

Part 3 1899-1906

Chapter 9 author and student of glaciers 125

Chapter 10 bully 147

Part 4 1906-1980

Chapter 11 a temple drowned 169

Chapter 12 in perpetuity 187

Epilogue: 2012-2014 blue ice and brown bears 203

Acknowledgments 213

Endnotes 215

Bibliography 231

Index 237

About the Author 246

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If you want to learn abour john muir read his journals from alaska travels. John and his veiws on God are not true in this book. On several occasions johns quotes are not finished in order to serve the authors agenda.