Book cover of Grinnell: America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West  by John Taliaferroby John Taliaferro

Winner • National Outdoor Book Award (History/Biography)
Longlisted • PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

Before Rachel Carson, there was George Bird Grinnell―the man whose prophetic vision did nothing less than launch American conservation.

George Bird Grinnell, the son of a New York merchant, saw a different future for a nation in the thrall of the Industrial Age. With railroads scarring virgin lands and the formerly vast buffalo herds decimated, the country faced a crossroads: Could it pursue Manifest Destiny without destroying its natural bounty and beauty? The alarm that Grinnell sounded would spark America’s conservation movement. Yet today his name has been forgotten―an omission that John Taliaferro’s commanding biography now sets right with historical care and narrative flair.

Interview with the Author

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Jia Tolentino on Life With the Internet
8/16/19         56 min

Interview Starts at 24 min

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