American Earth: environmental writing since Thoreau

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Bill McKibben
Literary Classics of the United States, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 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 imaginationathe essays of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John Burroughs; Aldo Leopoldas "A Sand County Almanac"; Rachel Carsonas "Silent Spring"aare 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 Americaas 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 anaturea join ecologistsa 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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User Review  - Simon - Goodreads

I only gave this 4 stars because it's a collection of writings rather than a singular piece of writing. That being said it's a 5-star collection. I was required to read this book for an intro to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ashley Adams - Goodreads

It is rare that I read an anthology in full. However, this is a wonderfully constructed collection. I learned something from every included excerpt. McKibben was also careful to include a wide range ... Read full review


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Bill McKibben is an environmentalist and the bestselling author of Deep Economy, among many other books. He lives in Ripton, Vermont.

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