Born under a Bad Sky Notes from the Dark Side of the Earth

ISBN-10: 1904859704

ISBN-13: 9781904859703

Edition: 2008

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"Movement reporting on a par with Mailer's Armies of the Night"--Peter Linebaugh, author of Magna Carta Manifesto and The Many-Headed Hydra. Hold on tight as you open the pages of Born Under a Bad Sky and follow journalist Jeffrey St. Clair as he leads you through a landscape of horrors and wonders, scenery all the more strange because the setting is our own bruised world, in our own fraught era. Enter a world that is part Bosch and part Bierstadt. This is not only a savage philippic against the foulers of Nature's temple, but--and this is where St. Clair worthily follows in the tracks of Stegner and Abbey--an homage to the planet itself. There is beauty as well as horror here.These urgent dispatches are from the frontlines of the war on the Earth. Gird yourself for a visit to a glowing nuclear plant in the backwoods of North Carolina, to the heart of Cancer Alley where chemical companies hide their toxic enterprise behind the dark veil of Homeland Security, and to the world's most contaminated place, the old H-bomb factory at Hanford, which is leaking radioactive poison into the mighty Columbia River.With unflinching prose, St. Clair confronts the White Death in Iraq, the environmental legacy of a war that will keep on killing decades after the bombing raids have ended. He conjures up the environmental villains of our time, from familiar demons like James Watt and Dick Cheney to more surprising figures, including Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer (father of the cancer bond) and the Nobel laureate Al Gore, whose pieties on global warming are sponsored by the nuclear power industry. The mainstream environmental movement doesn't escape indictment. Bloated by grants from bigfoundations, perched in high-rent office towers, leashed to the neoliberal politics of the Democratic Party, the big green groups have largely acquiesced to the crimes against nature that St. Clair so vividly exposes.All is not lost. From the wreckage of New Orleans to the imperiled canyons of the Colorado, a new green resistance is taking root. The fate of the grizzly and the ancient forests of Oregon hinge on the courage of these green defenders. This book is also a salute to them."This is what the true West looks like. It's not for the faint of heart."--Susan Davis, author Spectacular Nature."Beautifully written!"--Clancy Sigal, author Going Away, screenwriter Frida"Who else can combine Rachel Carson's wisdom, I.F. Stone's erudition and Edward Abbey's sass?"--Michael Colby, editor of Broadsides."The Upton Sinclair of Oregon City."--Jeff Baker, The Oregonian"A stunning, passionate book that takes you into the world where nature's beauty is being savaged by the corrupt industrial-political complex."--Kirkpatrick Sale, author After Eden: The Evolution of Human Domination"Born Under a Bad Sky provides a sense of hope as an antidote to the despair over what humans have done to the environment."--Paul Krassner, editor The Realist, author One Hand Jerking
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: AK Press
Publication date: 12/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Opening Statement: Can't Buy a Thrill
Enter the Dragon
Crude Alliance
Rockin' the Pipeline
The Worst Day of Ted Stevens' Life
Cancerous Air
Sweating It Out
Arkansas Bloodsuckers
What a Miner's Life is Worth
The Great Green Scare
The Scourging of Willie Fontenot
Pools of Fire
Bad Days at Indian Point
Downwinders Be Damned
Nuclear Saviors?
Glow River Glow
The White Death in Iraq
Way OutWest
Dark Mesas in an Ancient Light
The Killing of Leroy Jackson
Anatomy of a Swindle
Fear and Firewood in New Mexico
Pray to Play
How the West Was Eaten
In the Realm of the Grizzly Kings
Yellowstone, the Vision Thing
Fire in the West: a Triptych
The Politics of Timber Theft
W Marks the Spot
Frightening Tales of Endangered Species
Is the Eagle Really Back?
Bill Clinton Versus the Spotted Owl
Recount in the Forests
The Bear Minimum
High Line Fever
Politicians and Other Strangers
Glory Boy and the Snail Darter
The Nature of Ronald Reagan
Golden Parachutes
Mining the Politics of Gold
Andrus and the Bull Trout
The Political Science of Jack Ward Thomas
Stephen Breyer and Cancer Bonds
Adventures in the Endangered Skin Trade
A River Runs Through Him
In Through the Out Door
Leave It to Leavitt
Killing Salmon with Paul O'Neill
The Rise and Fall of Richard Pombo
Howard's End
Suicide Right on the Stage
Gale Norton in Slacks
Flirtations with Disaster
The Green Imposter
The Beautiful and the Dammed
A Premature Burial
Going Down on the Rocks in Dinosaur
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