American Earth: environmental writing since Thoreau

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Literary Classics of the United States, Apr 17, 2008 - Nature - 1047 pages
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 Leopold¬'s A Sand County Almanac; Rachel Carson¬'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 America¬'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 ecologists¬' 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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I enjoyed this book but probably would have gotten more out of it if read over a longer period of time instead of the time alloted by the library! Full of things to make you think and a good introduction to many writers who were new to me. 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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