Peacock’s eagerly awaited tale brings us epic personalities, grizzly bears, the trauma of war, and wilderness adventure. A former Green Beret medic in Vietnam, he was mythologized by Edward Abbey as George Washington Hayduke in his environmental classic, The Monkey Wrench Gang. Described by author David Quammen as “an iconic figure, a secular prophet, in the wildass American West,” Peacock has become celebrated for his writing, in particular his book Grizzly Years, and his tireless struggle to help preserve what is wild both in and around us.
“Doug Peacock is a direct literary descendant of Thoreau, with a few genes from Audubon and his mentor Edward Abbey. . . . His meditations on war and wilderness are painfully apt today.”–Philip Caputo
“Peacock’s life makes nearly all of the environmental movement look like an upper-class bridge tournament. In Walking it Off, we have the heart and soul, more exactly the blood and guts, of a man who has given his life to the defense of nature, intermixed with the story of his dearest friend and mentor, Ed Abbey.”–Jim Harrison
“What moves me most about Doug Peacock is his willingness to be vulnerable–which is why we both laugh and cry through his stories. This is what we are missing–an ethical path. Doug Peacock is a humble warrior, fearless and honest, with a heart as big as the wild country he loves.”–Terry Tempest Williams