David Backes (author)
David Backes (born May 14, 1957 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American author and professor, best known for writing a biography of Sigurd F. Olson. The book, entitled A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson, won the Small Press Book Award for 1998, and received a positive review in the New York Times.
Backes was a professor in the Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies department of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee until his retirement in 2015.
- Spirit of the North: The Quotable Sigurd F. Olson
- The Meaning of Wilderness: Essential Articles and Speeches of Sigurd F. Olson.
- Canoe Country: An Embattled Wilderness
- The Wilderness Companion
- A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson