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Wilderness, Ecology and Survival Books

In novels and nonfiction, the works listed cover philosophy, wilderness, ecology and how to stay alive in the wild. Lots of opinion, vital information and entertainment here.


Abbey's Road, by Edward Abbey, 1991, Plume, 224p.

Adventures With Ed: A Portrait of Abbey, by Jack Loeffler, 2003, University of New Mexico Press, 308p.

Aldo Leopold and an Ecological Conscience, edited by Richard L. Knight and Suzanne Riedel, 2002, Oxford University Press, 216p.

Call of the Wild, by Jack London, 2005, Prestwick House, 100p.  —  Project Gutenberg has Call of the Wild available as a free download.

Camping and Wilderness Survival: The Ultimate Outdoors Book, by Paul Tawrell, 2006, 1080p.

Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey, 1990, Touchstone, 288p.

Encyclopedia of Outdoor and Wilderness Skills, by Chris Townsend and Annie M. Aggens, 2003, International Marine / Ragged Mountain Press, 400p.

The End of Nature: Tenth Anniversary Edition, by Bill McKibben, 1997, Anchor, 256p.

The Essential Aldo Leopold: Quotations and Commentaries, edited by Curt Meine and Richard L. Knight, 1999, University of Wisconsin Press, 384p.

Hayduke Lives: A Novel, by Edward Abbey, 1990, Little Brown & Co, 352p.

Heartsblood - Hunting, Spirituality, and Wildness in America, by David Petersen with a forward by Ted Williams, 2000, Island Press, 288p.

The Monkey Wrench Gang, by Edward Abbey, 1985, Dream Garden PR, 356p.

Resist Much, Obey Little: Remembering Ed Abbey, edited by James Hepworth and Gregory McNamee, 1996, Sierra Club Books for Children, 254p.

This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment, edited by Roger S. Gottlieb, 1995, 672p.

A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There: With Other Essays on Conservation from Round River, by Aldo Leopold, Charles W. Schwartz (Illustrator), 2000.

The Solace of Fierce Landscapes: Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality, by Belden C. Lane, 1998, Oxford University Press, 296p.

Soul Among Lions: The Cougar as Peaceful Adversary, by Harley G. Shaw, 2000, Unversity of Arizona Press, 140p.

Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival, by Tom Brown, Jr., 1987, Berkley Trade, 288p.

Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Sign, by Paul Rezendes, 1999, Collins, 336p.

Walden and Civil Disobedience (150th Anniversary) by Henry David Thoreau, 2004, Signet Classics, 320p.  —  Free downloads are available from Project Gutenberg: Walden and Civil Disobedience.

White Fang, by Jack London, 1999, Viking Juvenile, 248p.  —  Download White Fang for free from Project Gutenberg.

The Wild Within, by Paul Rezendes, 1998, Tarcher, 216p.

Wilderness A-Z: An essential guide to the Great Outdoors, by Rachel Carley, 2001, Fireside, 368p.

Wilderness and the American Mind, Fourth Edition, by Roderick Nash, 2001, Yale University Press, 426p.

Wilderness Ethics: Preserving the Spirit of Wildness, Special Edition, with an Appreciation of Guy Waterman, by Laura Waterman and Guy Waterman, 1993, Countryman Press, 240p.


Wild Nevada: Testimonies on Behalf of the Desert, edited by Roberta Moore and Scott Slovic, 2005, University of Nevada Press, 171p. --- (This book was locally produced, and most of the authors are long-standing Nevada conservationists.) --- To order this book directly from Friends of Nevada Wilderness click here.

Early cover for Henry David Thoreau's Walden

"This is a delicious evening, when the whole body is one sense, and imbibes delight through every pore. I go and come with a strange liberty in Nature, a part of herself. As I walk along the stony shore of the pond in my shirt-sleeves, though it is cool as well as cloudy and windy, and I see nothing special to attract me, all the elements are unusually congenial to me. The bullfrogs trump to usher in the night, and the note of the whip-poor-will is borne on the rippling wind from over the water. Sympathy with the fluttering alder and poplar leaves almost takes away my breath; yet, like the lake, my serenity is rippled but not ruffled."

Excerpt from Walden
by Henry David Thoreau


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