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John Muir and the cause for which he fought, the preservation of wild nature, have been assaulted as tainted by racism, indifferent to the most pressing environmental problems, and bankrupt intellectually and morally. It is time for a new and more fair-minded appraisal of both the man and his cause.

Professor Worster has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Australian National University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has written eight books, which together have won more than dozen book prizes. He is former president of the American Society for Environmental History and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.