437 pages, Col plates
A biography of the man behind the "Peterson Field Guide" series, which has taught millions about virtually all aspects of nature. Peterson combined fine writing with detailed and beautifully rendered illustrations, winning virtually every award and medal for natural science, ornithology, and conservation. Before long, he became the birding and natural history guru to the world and was recognized as the key force in alerting the public to the importance of preserving nature.
For this meticulously detailed biography, author Elizabeth J. Rosenthal has created a fully rounded portrait of this hero of the conservation movement. Never-before-seen photographs enhance this intimate portrayal, which will be welcomed by Peterson's enormous following.
"[...] Birdwatcher is a well-written and enjoyable look at the life of the most famous birder in history. After reading this biography, I certainly know much more about Roger Tory Peterson’s life and accomplishments. But what’s more, I feel like I got to know the man himself. If you would like to do the same, this book is a great way to do so."
- Grant McCreary (29-05-2008), read the full review at The Birder's Library
"A wonderful biography, bold and surprising and lively, crackling with the adventures of the man who did more than anyone else to create the modern popularity of birdwatching"
- Kenn Kaufman, author of The Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America
"Through interviews with more than a hundred of Peterson's colleagues and proteges, Rosenthal weaves an entertaining biography that helps us understand why Peterson ranks among the world's mostcelebrated naturalists."
- Stephen W. Kress, Director Audubon Seabird Restoration Program
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