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Blehm (Agents of Change) offers a thorough if cumbersome account of the life of Randy Morgenson, a National Park Service ranger in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains whose zeal gave way to disillusionment before he disappeared on duty in 1996, after 28 summers on the job[...]. The book begins with the day Morgenson left his camp for a three-day patrol and then failed to make scheduled radio contact. From there, the narrative weaves the events of the ensuing search with descriptions of ranger life, tales of past incidents in the area and Morgenson's increasingly fraught personal history. Blehm's exhaustive research is impressive, although the author struggles to find the proper balance of background information and narrative pace, spending, for instance, an entire page on a peripheral reference to the California Conservation Corps when a sentence or two would have sufficed. He does, however, succeed in creating an empathetic portrayal of Morgenson and a revealing look at the taxing, underappreciated calling to which he dedicated himself. Readers are left with an intimate sense of an intelligent if flawed man whose love of the mountains ended up costing him his marriage, his ambitions and his life. 16-page b&w photo insert not seen byPW.(Apr. 7)
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ISBN-10:  0060583010
ISBN-13:  978-0060583019
Author:  Eric Blehm
Genre:  Biographies & Memoirs, Outdoors & Nature
Publisher:  Harper Perennial
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review by . November 30, 2008
When I considered buying this book, I read George Durkee's review, then bought the book based on his words alone. It is a haunting account. As a woman who lives alone in the wilderness (on a permit from the Forest Service), I often think of what would transpire if I were injured and incapacitated while out on the trail (or off it). If nothing else, Randy's story reminds me that I always need to leave a note behind stating where I'll be roaming.    Beyond that, this book, which …
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