From his early childhood in Dunbar, Scotland, through his wilderness wanderings in the American West, John Muir has always been surrounded by natural beauty. Muir was able to use his love for nature to become a famed naturalist and advocate for wilderness preservation. His work and influence would lead to the establishment of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Club, which began in 1892, making it the oldest environmental organization in the United States. Using Muir's own words, this book looks at the events that shaped Muir's life and examines the development of his worldview, his love of nature, and his passion for preservation.
Natalie Goldstein is a freelance writer who has written numerous books for the educational market, including textbooks and teacher's guides for middle schools and encyclopedias for high schools. She lives in Brooktondale, New York. Frank W. Musgrave is director of the Southern Tier Center for Economic Education and professor of economics at Ithaca College in New York. He obtained an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, where he was a Walter Russell Scholar. His published books include The Economics of U.S. Health Care Policy: The Role of Market Forces and How to Prepare for the AP Micro/Macro Economics Exam, among others. He lives in Ithaca, New York.