"Clarence Petty’s life reads like a history of the Adirondacks."—Choice
"Christopher Angus tells the story of Clarence Petty, who served as a wilderness guide in the Adirondacks and later became involved in the conservation movement to protect the region from overdevelopment. The story begins with his youth growing up in the woods, and continues through his days as a Navy pilot during WWII and his work with the Civilian Conservation Corps."—Booknews
"Clarence Petty is one of the most interesting and important people ever to carry a canoe, bushwhack through the backcountry, or dedicate his life to protecting the Adirondack wilderness. And he has lived through a period of high drama in Adirondack affairs. As it winds through this crucial era of the region's history, Christopher Angus's richly detailed account of Petty's life and times touches on the critical elements of decades of struggle to shape
the Adirondack Park and preserve the qualities that define it. . . . A powerful and inspiring story."—Philip G. Terrie, author of Contested Terrain: A New History of Nature and People in the Adirondacks, Second Edition
The inspiring biography of an Adirondack legend whose tireless efforts are credited with much of today’s preservation policies in the Adirondacks.
Christopher Angus writes essays, reviews, and commentary for many publications and is book review editor for Adirondac. He is the author of Reflections from Canoe Country: Paddling the Waters of the Adirondacks and Canada, published by Syracuse University Press.
6 x 9, 0 pages, 63 black and white illustrations