In a Dark Wood: The Fight Over Forests and the Rising Tyranny of Ecology

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Houghton Mifflin Company, 1995 - Nature - 535 pages
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In this penetrating study, Alston Chase invites us to examine our basic assumptions about the environment - about the way we manage and protect resources, about the way we manage and protect resources, about the rights of animals and their habitat and the rights of human beings. What is the "balance of nature"? Is ecology a science or a philosophy? What is an ecosystem? Though the saga of the old-growth forests includes plenty of outright bad behavior, the reader will find surprisingly few villains: Chase demonstrates that most of those involved are driven by ideas whose import they do not fully understand. Chase provides the most thoughtful account yet written of radical environmentalism. Its proponents, the members of Earth First!, lost the battle of the north-western forests, but, Chase argues persuasively, they may have won the war. The philosophy of "biocentrism", which holds that human beings are no more important than other living things, has become a significant doctrine of many mainstream environmental groups and even some government agencies. Chase's analysis of the origins and implications of this concept will startle many readers. In a Dark Wood is a book destined to change our intellectual landscape.

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The focus of In a Dark Wood is the “old growth” forests of the Pacific Northwest, which have become the Alsace-Lorraine of American timber industry and environmentalism. The author’s capsule biography ... Read full review

IN A DARK WOOD: The Fight Over Forests and the Rising Tyranny of Ecology

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Environmental bad boy Chase (Playing God in Yellowstone, 1986, etc.) takes on biocentrism and the Endangered Species Act in this delightfully angry if at times snide volume. Pretty much from the word ... Read full review


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Alston Chase has written widely on natural history, the environment, and animal welfare issues. He holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton universities. In addition to his fiction writing, he has written well-received analytical books, including Playing God in Yellowstone: The Destruction of America's First National Park, In a Dark Wood: The Fight over Forests and the Myths of Nature, and Harvard and the Unabomber.

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