Six Essential Books by Doug Peacock

From Grizzly Years to Was It Worth It?, these books showcase the best of the environmental writer.

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GRIZZLY YEARS: IN SEARCH OF THE AMERICAN WILDERNESS (1990)
grizzly years, in search of the american wilderness, 1990,doug peacock
Holt McDougal

A fast-moving but thoughtful narrative of Peacock’s early years in the wild. It contains beautifully written, original observations of grizzly behavior and accounts of his sometimes mystical communication with the bears.

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BAJA! (1991)
baja, 1991, doug peacock, terrence moore
Bulfinch Press

In the hands of Peacock and photographer Terrence Moore (184 color images), the extraordinary landscapes of the peninsula and the Gulf of California islands can be haunting. This is a book Edward Abbey planned to write but handed off to Peacock.

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WALKING IT OFF: A VETERAN’S CHRONICLE OF WAR AND WILDERNESS (2005)
walking it off, a veteran’s chronicle of war 
and wilderness, 2005, doug peacock
Lynx House Books

A tough, surprising, and ultimately gentle telling of Peacock’s friendship with Abbey through his death and secret burial in the wilderness—all informed by Peacock’s Vietnam combat experience.

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THE ESSENTIAL GRIZZLY: THE MINGLED FATES OF MEN AND BEARS (2006)
the essential grizzly, the mingled fates of men and bears, 2006, doug peacock
Lyons Press

Peacock and his wife, Andrea Peacock, an investigative journalist, take an incisive look at the history of human-grizzly interaction and the failures of wildlife management in a 21st-century context. The last word on bear attacks.

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IN THE PRESENCE OF GRIZZLIES: THE ANCIENT BOND BETWEEN MEN AND BEARS (2009)
in the presence of grizzlies, the ancient bond between men and bears, 2009, doug peacock
Lyons Press

Cowritten with Peacock, this book is a very readable tour of “how the great bear prowls the landscape of the contemporary mind.” Full of beautiful observation and writing, especially the riveting chapters “The Politics of Bear Biology” and “Living with Grizzlies.”

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE SABERTOOTH: A RENEGADE NATURALIST CONSIDERS GLOBAL WARMING, THE FIRST AMERICANS, AND THE TERRIBLE BEASTS OF THE PLEISTOCENE (2013)
in the shadow of the sabertooth, a renegade naturalist considers global warming, the first americans, and the terrible beasts of the pleistocene, 2013, doug peacock
AK Press

A searing, personal exploration of the full circle of climate change that manages to reach from human adaptation in the late Pleistocene to the right-now death of species in Peacock’s own Montana backyard.

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Terry McDonell is the author of the 1980 comic gold rush novel California Bloodstock, which is still in print, and most recently a cofounder of the website Literary Hub. 
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