American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (LOA #182) (Library of America)

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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 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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3 comments on “American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (LOA #182) (Library of America)”

  1. The excerpts are wonderful, from Muri to Thoreau If you have a library, and this is not on your shelf, you do not have a library.This is a must have for any library. The excerpts are wonderful, from Muri to Thoreau, this book is packed full of environmental historical writings that just make you think. The organization is great, and the aesthetics are superb. I found nothing lacking about this book. It even includes a silk ribbon bookmark.

  2. A Worthy Read for Educational or Entertainment Purposes There is perhaps no book more influential to my thoughts about our world, our environment, and our contributions — good and bad. One need not read through this giant collection all at once; however, its progression is lovely. I recommend American Earth for any classroom studying the sciences, sociology, political science, law or literature. There are so many themes to explore regarding how "environmental" writings have shaped our cultural landscape.

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