American Earth: environmental writing since Thoreau

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Literary Classics of the United States, Apr 17, 2008 - Nature - 1047 pages
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As America and the world grapple with the consequences of global environmental change, writer and activist Bill McKibben offers this unprecedented, provocative, and timely anthology, gathering the best and most significant American environmental writing from the last two centuries.

Classics of the environmental imagination—the essays of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John Burroughs; Aldo LeopoldÂ's A Sand County Almanac; Rachel CarsonÂ's Silent Spring—are set against the inspiring story of an emerging activist movement, as revealed by newly uncovered reports of pioneering campaigns for conservation, passages from landmark legal opinions and legislation, and searing protest speeches. Here are some of AmericaÂ's greatest and most impassioned writers, taking a turn toward nature and recognizing the fragility of our situation on earth and the urgency of the search for a sustainable way of life. Thought-provoking essays on overpopulation, consumerism, energy policy, and the nature of “nature” join ecologistsÂ' memoirs and intimate sketches of the habitats of endangered species. The anthology includes a detailed chronology of the environmental movement and American environmental history, as well as an 80-page color portfolio of illustrations.

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Review: American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (Library of America #182)

User Review  - Laurel Perez - Goodreads

This collection is not for the picky reader, it has some lovely little essays about nature, and how we neglect looking at it for what it is and how we destroy it unthinkingly everyday. There are some ... Read full review

Review: American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (Library of America #182)

User Review  - Matt Johnson - Goodreads

A fantastic collection of environmental writings ranging from Thoreau to Muir to McDonough. Includes fundamental pieces on environmental theory and environmental practice that are both eye-opening and ... Read full review


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BILL MCKIBBEN, editor, is the author of many books including The End of Nature (1989), the first account of global warming for a general audience, and most recently Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (2007). Since 2006, he has organized the largest demonstrations against the causes of global warming in American history. He is scholar in residence at Middlebury College.

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