"The Tracker" is the first of a series of books about Tom Brown, Jr. and his many years being mentored by an Apache Indian named Stalking Wolf. During his years with "Grandfather," as Tom called him, he learned how to live with nature, explore his insatiable curiosity for the wilderness, and become the expert outdoorsman he is today.
I actually read this book almost a year after taking Tom's Standard Class at his Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School. Because of this, I noticed subtle things, written on a level that would pique a reader's interest in the wilderness, but would confirm other things to anyone who has learned under Brown or one of his students.
If there is one thing the book emphasizes, it is that nature need not be mysterious, dangerous, or foreboding. Once a person works in harmony with nature, all the fear vanishes, and the only mystery is discovering new and exciting things that one had previously missed. Many resources exist outside of Brown's school, many of which can be found here on Amazon, and while self-education can be long and arduous, you will find no better education than learning about nature.
This report prepared by George Olschewski