The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture
Since its publication by Sierra Club Books in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. In it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Today’s agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families. As a result, we as a nation are more estranged from the land--from the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it.
Sadly, as Berry notes in his Afterword to this third edition, his arguments and observations are more relevant than ever. We continue to suffer loss of community, the devaluation of human work, and the destruction of nature under an economic system dedicated to the mechanistic pursuit of products and profits. Although "this book has not had the happy fate of being proved wrong,” Berry writes, there are good people working "to make something comely and enduring of our life on this earth.” Wendell Berry is one of those people, writing and working, as ever, with passion, eloquence, and conviction.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - blake.rosser - LibraryThing
A great, although uneven, criticism of the reigning agricultural and cultural mentality in the U.S. It's impressive that Berry wrote this more than 30 years ago since the argument seems just as timely ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mldg - LibraryThing
If I had to name just one book (other than the Bible) that had the most impact on my life , this would be it. With eloquence and clarity, Wendell Berry expressed the ideas in my head decades before I ever thought them. Read full review
The Unsettling of America
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