David Backes (author)

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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,[1] and received a positive review in the New York Times.[2]

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


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