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By Jordan Fisher Smith

A nature publication not like the other, Jordan Fisher Smith's startling account of fourteen years as a park ranger completely dispels our idealized visions of lifestyles within the nice outside. rather than scout troops and placid birdwatchers, Smith's beat -- a stretch of land that has been formally condemned to be flooded -- brings him into touch with drug clients tweaked out to the purpose of violence, obsessed miners, and different risky creatures. In unflinchingly sincere prose, he finds the all at once darkish underbelly of patrolling and preserving public lands.

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