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by Doug Peacock

  • Author: Doug Peacock
  • ISBN: 0910055998
  • ISBN13: 978-0910055994
  • ePub: 1833 kb | FB2: 1808 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Professionals & Academics
  • Publisher: Eastern Washington Univ Pr; First Edition first Printing edition (September 30, 2005)
  • Pages: 208
  • Rating: 4.5/5
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Walking It Off: A Veteran's Chronicle of War And Wilderness ePub download

He is the author of several books on grizzly bears. AMY GOODMAN: Vietnam vet and naturalist, Doug Peacock. Among his books, Walking It Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness.

He is the author of several books on grizzly bears. He was the model for the character Hayduke in Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang. We’re speaking in Montana, PBS. Back with him in a minute. AMY GOODMAN: We return to my interview with naturalist, adventurer, writer and war vet, Doug Peacock. I asked him what he was doing in Vietnam.

I mean Doug Peacock has a few things he wants to get off his chest in his book "Walking It Of.  . But you sense in this book, that Peacock is a warrior. Not the same warrior he started as, but a transformed sort of warrior

I mean Doug Peacock has a few things he wants to get off his chest in his book "Walking It Of. (I love the title of this book!) And like most deep, emotional scars they take the combination of time and solitude to focus light on. Peacock is drawn - more like pulled - into wild places around the world. His journey is less about protraying the surrounding wilderness, but instead using it like a mirror. Not the same warrior he started as, but a transformed sort of warrior. Much of his transformation happened while he got to know Abbey.

Doug Peacock returns from Vietnam and goes into the wilderness to "walk it of. This book is so many things: a war story, an environmental book, a memoir, a eulogy for a friend.

Peacock's 2005 book, Walking it Off: A Veteran's Chronicle of War And Wilderness, continues his . Doug and Andrea Peacock's new book, The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears was released on May 1, 2006 (Lyons Press, ISBN 1-59228-848-0).

Peacock's 2005 book, Walking it Off: A Veteran's Chronicle of War And Wilderness, continues his memoirs, in the wake of Ed Abbey's death. He ventured into the southwest deserts to walk off the scars left by his friend's death.

His journey is less about protraying the surrounding wilderness, but instead using it like a mirror

His journey is less about protraying the surrounding wilderness, but instead using it like a mirror. A mirror onto himself - a mirror to reflect on the tradegy of the Vietnam War, the loss of his companion and teacher, Ed Abbey, and the fragments of a broken marriage.

Doug Peacock, as ever, walks point for all of us. Not since Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature has a book of such import been presented to.Doug Peacock on "Walking It Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness". Not since Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature has a book of such import been presented to readers. Peacock’s intelligence defies measure In the Shadow of the Sabertooth. Doug Peacock Democracy Now Interview 2009. In the Shadow of the Sabertooth. May 7, 2013 ·. Doug Peacock interviewing Edward Abbey in 1982. Abbey's Road: Part 1.

Doug Peacock began by explaining the connection between his time in Vietnam and his involvement with the plight of the grizzly bear. Slaves are comfortable and don't want to listen to reason. The pen is mightier than sword.

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Doug Peacock is the author of Grizzly Years, Baja, and Walking It Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness. Peacock was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow

Doug Peacock is the author of Grizzly Years, Baja, and Walking It Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness. His latest book, co-written with Andrea Peacock, is The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears. A Vietnam veteran and former Green Beret medic, Peacock was the real-life model for Edward Abbey’s George Washington Hayduke. Peacock was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow. Doug Peacock elsewhere on Lannan.

When he wrote The Monkey Wrench Gang in 1975, Edward Abbey became the spokesperson for a generation of Americans angered by the unthinking destruction of our natural heritage. Without consultation, Abbey based the central character of eco-guerilla George Washington Hayduke on his friend Doug Peacock. Since then Peacock has become an articulate environmental individualist writing about the West's abundant wildscapes.

Abbey and Peacock had an at times stormy, almost father and son relationship that was peacefully resolved in Abbey's last days before his death in 1989. This rich recollection of their relationship and the dry places they explored are recalled in Peacock’s honest and heartfelt style in this poignant memoir.

Xinetan
Well I'm honored to be the first person to review Walking It Off. As a lifelong fan of Ed Abbey I of course knew a lot about Doug Peacock's friendship with him. We all "knew" that Doug was Ed's real-life model for Hayduke. What we didn't know, until this new book came out (finally!), was how Doug felt about it. Hayduke may be one of our mythical heroes (I have a Hayduke Lives! bumper sticker on my car), but Doug Peacock is a true real-life hero to me. Doug survived the Vietnam War and then found a way to survive the aftermath when he began his work with Grizzly Bears. He does not "report" on these things; he lives the experiences and then writes about them with great care and passion. Even though Ed Abbey was a much more famous writer, and was older than Doug by 15 years, I'm pretty sure he nonetheless looked up to Doug for his courageous work. Doug's been out there in the trenches, putting out the fires, trying to save the bears, save the world. Heartbreakingly difficult work that most of us find little success in. Doug's work gives me courage and a renewed determination to keep at it. Thanks for all you've done, Doug! And thank you for finally publishing THE Abbey memoir we've all been wating for.
Wild Python
A warrior's articulations about his war sickness (PTSD) and his fabled relationship with his mentor Ed Abbey. Plenty of recollections about this tumultuous relationship as it unfolds in their hikes and times together. Mostly though, this is a chronicle of one man's struggle to feel peace in his tortured soul by spending as much time as he can in the wilderness.

In many ways, this is a companion volume to "Grizzly Years" (see review).
It is Peacock's further accounts of his life; but it is also about a mellowing, coming-to-terms middle aged warrior who is struggling to transcend much of his war-originated rage by retreats into the Sonoran desert and a return to "The Grizzly Hilton" of his "Grizzly Years" time.

Peacock also does his best to debunk the Hayduke mythology that he had thrust upon him via Abbey's only partially true charicature; the eco-warrior that was really a composite of others, and not much of himself.

Overcoming his psychic scars by walking them off, Peacock writes from his guts, his soul, the guts of his soul. He is a highly articulate guy; there is very good use of descriptive language and use of adjectives here.

He also is one tough hombre. Anyone who stalks grizzly bears armed only with a knife; who gets nailed by a rattler in the calf and hobbles 15 miles back out through the desert sands to a waiting Ed Abbey; and who survives internal bleeding in his esophagus (as did Abbey) at high altitudes in the Himalayas - this guy's got to be tough.

This line from the end of "Walking it Off" may be a vague summary: "I needed to get out in order to look back in"

Highly recommended for those who know the value of personal growth through seasons of solitude.

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Hayduke... I mean Doug Peacock has a few things he wants to get off his chest in his book "Walking It Off." (I love the title of this book!) And like most deep, emotional scars they take the combination of time and solitude to focus light on. Peacock is drawn - more like pulled - into wild places around the world. His journey is less about protraying the surrounding wilderness, but instead using it like a mirror.

A mirror onto himself - a mirror to reflect on the tradegy of the Vietnam War, the loss of his companion and teacher, Ed Abbey, and the fragments of a broken marriage. Certainly not easy stuff to grapple with, much less commit to the pages of a book. But you sense in this book, that Peacock is a warrior. Not the same warrior he started as, but a transformed sort of warrior. Much of his transformation happened while he got to know Abbey. Peacock shares his memories of Abbey.

I got the sense that Abbey's portrayal of Peacock as the character Hayduke in both The Monkey Wrench Gang and Hayduke Lives proved to be a mixed blessing to the author. On the one hand, there's extreme pride in being the first, Eco-warrior, poster-boy. On the other, the popularity of this take-no-prisoner, accept-no-compromise Hayduke character only served to paint Peacock into a much smaller corner. He wanted to be something more than this inspirational character for the new enivronmental movement. What exactly that "something" is for Peacock, he doesn't always know. But he knows what will get him closer -- shoulder a backpack and start walking.

We see Peacock's image of himself steadily change while he shares his encounters with the forces which shaped his life. It's an honest self-portrait softened by time and contrasted against a wonderful and rugged landscape.
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