That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America's Public Lands

That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America's Public Lands Review

From prominent outdoorsman and nature writer Mark Kenyon comes an engrossing reflection on the past and future battles over our most revered landscapes—America’s public lands.

Every American is a public-land owner, inheritor to the largest public-land trust in the world. These vast expanses provide a home to wildlife populations, a vital source of clean air and water, and a haven for recreation.

Since its inception, however, America’s public land system has been embroiled in controversy—caught in the push and pull between the desire to develop the valuable resources the land holds or conserve them. Alarmed by rising tensions over the use of these lands, hunter, angler, and outdoor enthusiast Mark Kenyon set out to explore the spaces involved in this heated debate, and learn firsthand how they came to be and what their future might hold.

Part travelogue and part historical examination, That Wild Country invites readers on an intimate tour of the wondrous wild and public places that are a uniquely profound and endangered part of the American landscape.

Title:That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America's Public Lands

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  • Dee Arr

    Years ago, I was fortunate to be on an overseas trip, visiting friends and taking in the sights of England and Scotland. I marveled at the age of buildings sometimes twice as old as the settlement sit...

  • Carol Holdcraft

    This historic overview of our national public lands was a great read.As a seventy year old female nature lover and birder, I was unsure if I would relate to this young hunter and fisherman's story. Bu...

  • Bonnye Reed

    I received a free electronic copy of this excellent history of America's Public Lands on December 5, 2019, from Netgalley, Mark Kenyon, and Little A Publishing. Thank you all for sharing your hard wor...

  • Cindy

    I am a National Park addict - I have made it a point to always visit the national parks available to all Americans whenever I'm near one. My favorite is the one I'm closest to and thus have visited th...

  • Rey

    As someone who loves the outdoors and public land, this book was great. As someone who doesn't like (or understand) fishing and hunting, this book was enlightening and boring. It was interesting to be...

  • J.S.

    DNF at page 89 (plus some skipping around). Just too much travelogue and not enough public land information. Kenyon, a hunter and outdoor enthusiast from Michigan, argues in support of federally-owned...

  • Kirsten Cutler

    Wow! This is a wonderful book extolling the beauty of our public lands, and advocating passionately for all of us to protect our incredible heritage, so carefully preserved over more than a century. I...

  • Laurie Blacker

    I’m a kindred soul when it comes to protecting and enjoying our public lands. Mark Kenyon - a fellow Michigander - alternated between visiting wild places and telling the story of how these lands we...

  • Linda

    An informative and soul-grabbing account of our public landI love the outdoors; but wouldn’t have called myself a conservationist before, but I am now. The author has grabbed and pulled me into his ...

  • Laurie Rolnick

    Save our public lands!An important, well researched and well written book. I am hoping millions will take up the call to action and continue the fight for our wild public spaces....