"In the chronicles of life on Martha's Vineyard, and in the story of the conservation movement nationwide, Henry Hough played a sustained and singular part, the effects of which are still felt. Wise, gentle, gifted, uncommonly dedicated, he became, like William Allen White, the kind of country editor whose voice carried far. He and his work ought to be much better known and appreciated, and so this first biography, by his friend and
fellow journalist Phyllis Méras, is a highly welcome event."
David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 1776, John Adams, and Truman, and year-round Vineyarder.
"Tenacious, insular, opinionated, a gifted writer and a dedicated conservationist, Henry Hough never stopped fighting to preserve the natural integrity of the tiny portion of this planet to which he was passionately devoted: Martha's Vineyard Island. . . . No spot on this globe has ever had a more devoted champion."
Nelson Bryant, author of Fresh Air, Bright Water: Adventures in Wood, Field, and Stream; longtime Woods, Field and Stream columnist for the New York Times, former New Hampshire newspaper editor, and year-round Vineyarder.
"A vivid and compelling portrait of a great journalist, his life and times, as well as the story behind the creation of one of America's finest weekly newspapers."
William Styron, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice, and Vineyard seasonal resident.
"This modest memoir--quiet, affectionate, down to earth--perfectly embodies the off-shore New England life and land it celebrates. . . . Meras reveals how Hough uniquely served and conserved the island's three-century heritage. . . .
Martha's Vineyard matters for its spaces and its skies, for its every hedge and hidden bush, strand and pond, each quotidian headland and unpretentious heath. This account of the Vineyard's champion is a small classic."
David Lowenthal, author of George Perkins Marsh: Prophet of Conservation and The Past Is a Foreign Country, American professor emeritus of geography at University College, London, and sometime Vineyard resident.