Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American Wilderness

S. & S. Aug. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781982105044. $28. NAT HIST
Former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt’s interest in the natural world is well documented. In this work, Gessner (All the Wild That Remains) explains how his lifelong interest in the politician led him on a journey to explore landscapes, such as national parks, monuments, forests, and reserves, all the while using Roosevelt as a model to become more active in advocating for the conservation of public lands. Gessner’s travels lead him to Utah’s canyon country, where he reports on the creation and then the dismantling of Bears Ears National Monument. Along the way, the author provides a history of the Antiquities Act, which Roosevelt signed into law in 1906, which created national parks from federal lands.
VERDICT This combination of environmental journalism, biography, and travelog introduces fascinating characters who will engage readers of environmental literature as well as Roosevelt enthusiasts.

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