Prominent conservationist Brower has been enjoying the wilderness and working to preserve it for over 50 years as: a mountain climber; Sierra Club writer, editor, board member, and executive director; Friends of the Earth and League of Conservation Voters founder; National Parks advocate; campaigner for countless conservation causes; and founder of several clubs, foundations, and institutes. This first of two forthcoming autobiographical volumes is a kind of hodgepodge of reminiscence, tributes, and excerpts from his talks, writings, introductions to others' writings, correspondence, and testimony. It deals with climbs and outings, family and friends in the movement, organizations, campaigns, and controversies--but not altogether in chronological order, and not with the narrative direction or self-exposure one expects from autobiography. It's more like a commemorative occasion. For example, the controversies surrounding his temporary ousting from the Sierra Club and later the Friends of the Earth are only glancingly mentioned. Brower will remain better and more widely known through McPhee's famous profile--but his stature as a conservationist would justify acquiring this material.