The first edition of Wilderness and the American Mind was published in 1967, and the most-recent updated fifth edition published in 2014. The many updated editions testify to the fact that this was and is an important book. It has, indeed, become a classic. The Los Angeles Times lists it among the 100 most influential books of the last 25 years; Outside Magazine included it in "one hundred books that changed our world."— Susan Lang
Roderick Nash’s classic study of changing attitudes toward wilderness during American history, as well as the origins of the environmental and conservation movements, has received wide acclaim since its initial publication in 1967. The Los Angeles Times listed it among the one hundred most influential books published in the last quarter century, Outside Magazine included it in a survey of “books that changed our world,” and it has been called the “Book of Genesis for environmentalists.”
For the fifth edition, Nash has written a new preface and epilogue that brings Wilderness and the American Mind into dialogue with contemporary debates about wilderness. Char Miller’s foreword provides a twenty-first-century perspective on how the environmental movement has changed, including the ways in which contemporary scholars are reimagining the dynamic relationship between the natural world and the built environment.