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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Review: In a Dark Wood: The Fight Over Forests & the Myths of Nature

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Vary well documented. Shows how "science" can be twisted to fit an agenda. Read full review

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This book takes a hard look at the evolution of our perceptions of nature & the environmental movement. From John Muir to Earthfirst, from loggers to politics, this book touches on it all. The author ... 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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