American Earth Environmental Writing since Thoreau

ISBN-10: 1598530208
ISBN-13: 9781598530209
Edition: 2008
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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 4/17/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 900
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

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 imaginationthe essays of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John Burroughs; Aldo Leopolds A Sand County Almanac; Rachel Carsons Silent Springare 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 Americas 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.

Bill McKibben grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the "Talk of the Town" column from 1982 to early 1987. After quitting this job, he soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. Several editions have come out in the United States, including an updated version published in 2006. His next book, The Age of Missing Information, was published in 1992. It is an account of an experiment: McKibben collected everything that came across the 100 channels of cable tv on the Fairfax, Virginia system (at the time among the nation's largest) for a single day. He spent a year watching the 2,400 hours of videotape, and then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. This book has been widely used in colleges and high schools, and was reissued in 2006. McKibben's latest book is entitled, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Bill currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and his daughter, Sophie in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College. 030

Politician and businessman Al Gore was born on March 31, 1948. In 1969, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard College. He represented Tennessee in the House of Representatives from 1977-1985 and the Senate from 1985-1993. He was Vice-President of the United States from 1993-2001. He is currently the president of Current TV, chairman of Generation Investment Management, director on the board of Apple Inc., and senior advisor to Google Inc. He lectures on the topic of global warming awareness and prevention and starred in the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, which won the 2007 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. He was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their efforts to educate others about climate change and to find ways to counteract it.

Foreword
Introduction
from Journals
from Walden; or, Life in the Woods
from Huckleberries
from Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians
Fallen Forests
from Rural Hours
Table Rock Album
from Leaves of Grass: This Compost
Song of the Redwood-Tree
from Man and Nature
from The Humbugs of the World
from A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf
A Wind-Storm in the Forests
from My First Summer in the Sierra
Hetch Hetchy Valley
from Adventures in the Wilderness
from A Review of Recent Changes, and Changes Which Have Been Projected, in the Plans of the Central Park
About Trees
To Frank Michler Chapman
To John Burroughs
Speech at Grand Canyon, Arizona, May 6, 1903
The Scavengers
from Man and the Earth
The Art of Seeing Things
The Grist of the Gods
Nature Near Home
Prosperity
The Bird Tragedy on Laysan Island
A Certain Oil Refinery
The Last Passenger Pigeon
Orion Rises on the Dunes
The Indigenous and the Metropolitan
"What a few more seasons will do to the ducks"
from Wintertrip into New Country
what the ants are saying
Letter from the Dust Bowl
Birds That Are New Yorkers
The Answer
Carmel Point
from The Grapes of Wrath
This Land Is Your Land
from The Everglades: River of Grass
from A Sand County Almanac
The Fog
The Longest Day
from Living the Good Life
Northern Lights
Sootfall and Fallout
How Flowers Changed the World
from My Wilderness: The Pacific West
Dissentin Sierra Club v. Morton
from The Death and Life of Great America Cities
from Silent Spring
The Great Paver
The Living Canyon
from The Wilderness Act of 1964
Remarks at the Signing of the Highway Beautification Act of 1965
from The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth
On the Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis
Polemic: Industrial Tourism and the National Parks
from The Population Bomb
from The Tragedy of the Commons
from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
A Sample Day in the Kitchen
Spaceship Earth
Mills College Valedictory Address
Smokey the Bear Sutra
Covers the Ground
The Beginning
Millions Join Earth Day Observances Across the Nation
Big Yellow Taxi
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
from Encounters with the Archdruid
from Only One Earth
Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
The Making of a Marginal Farm
Preserving Wildness
Fecundity
The World's Biggest Membrane
The Third Planet: Operating Instructions
from Energy Strategy: The Road Not Taken?
A First American Views His Land
from Ceremony
A Short History of America
Outside the Solar Village: One Utopian Farm
from Love Canal: My Story
from The Fate of the Earth
Seasons of Want and Plenty
Everything Is a Human Being
Bernhardsdorp
Wrath of Grapes Boycott Speech
A Presentation of Whales
Place
from The End of Nature
from Dumping in Dixie
The Summer Day
from Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
from The Ninemile Wolves
The Dubious Rewards of Consumption
After the Flood
from The Last Panda
The Flora and Fauna of Las Vegas
Dwellings
from The Ecology of Magic
The Song of the White Pelican
A Multicultural Approach to Ecopsychology
Speech at the Kyoto Climate Change Conference
from Heart and Blood: Living with Deer in America
Planet of Weeds
from Ecology of a Cracker Childhood
from The Legacy of Luna
from Inspirations for Sustaining Life on Earth: Greeting Friends in Their Andean Gardens
from Having Faith
Knowing Our Place
from The Omnivore's Dilemma
from Blessed Unrest
The Thoreau Problem
Chronology
Note on the Illustrations
Sources and Acknowledgments
Index

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