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The size of the: 7.22 MB
Edition: Doubleday
Date of issue: 1960
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The author of the book: William O. Douglas
Language: English
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A good book for the bedside table: snapshots of a dozen places special to Justice Douglas, from the Sierra Nevada to the Brooks Range. Collected and published in 1960, sometimes it feels like Douglas is writing from a different country. Some of the common names he uses (Water Ouzel, Short-billed Gull) have fallen out of use, and one wishes (as I always do) for an appendix listing scientific binomials for everything he names—although he does cite genus and species on occasion. But the unfamiliar names serve to remind us that Douglas's point of view is not ours.

In the tradition of David Brower (with whom he hiked) and John Muir, Douglas warned against aggressive road-building through Forest Service-managed wilderness. Writing in the years before the great environmental protection legislation of the 1960s and 1970s, his message was simple: these parts of the west are beautiful just the way they are, and sometimes the best fishing hole is one you reach by four hours on horseback instead of 15 minutes in a car.

What's particularly otherworldly is that this polemic comes from the pen of a sitting Supreme Court judge. One wonders whether Douglas ever saw the need to recuse himself. It is certain that today such a book would be grounds for a judicial appointment to be blocked by more development-minded Senators.

Douglas's grasp of the interactions among organisms in nature is commendable; specifically, his discussion in the "Mount Adams" chapter of insect predation on pine cone seeds.

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Ebook My Wilderness: The Pacific West read Online! WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS was born in Maine, Minnesota, on October 16, 1898, and raised in Yakima, Washington. He entered Whitman College in 1916, but his studies were interrupted by military service in World War I. Douglas was graduated from Whitman in 1920 and taught school for two years before attending law school at Columbia University. Upon graduation in 1925, he joined a New York law firm, but left two years later to spend one year in Yakima. He subsequently returned to teach law at Columbia University, and transferred to the faculty of Yale University in 1929. In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Douglas to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in 1937 he became Chairman. President Roosevelt nominated Douglas to the Supreme Court of the United States on April 15, 1939. The Senate confirmed the appointment on April 17, 1939. Douglas had the longest tenure of any Justice, serving on the Supreme Court for thirty-six years, spanning the careers of five Chief Justices. He retired on November 12, 1975, and died on January 19, 1980, at the age of eighty-one.

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