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- Description'The most destructive force in the American West is its commanding views, because they foster the illusion that we command', begins Richard Manning's vivid, anecdotally driven account of the American plains from native occupation through the unraveling of the American enterprise to today. As he tells the story of this once rich, w mostly empty landscape, Manning also describes a grand vision for ecological restoration, currently being set in motion, that would establish a prairie preserve larger than Yellowstone National Park, flush with wild bison, elk, bears, and wolves. Taking us to an isolated stretch of central Montana along the upper Missouri River, Manning peels back the layers of history and discovers how key elements of the American story - conservation, the New Deal, progressivism, the yeoman myth, and the idea of private property - have collided with and shaped this incomparable landscape. An account of great loss, Rewilding the West also holds out the promise of resurrection - but rather than remake the plains once again, Manning proposes that we w find the wisdom to let the prairies remake us.
- Author BiographyRichard Manning is an award-winning environmental author and journalist. He has written seven books, including Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization, Food's Frontier: The Next Green Revolution, and Grassland: The Biology, Politics, and Promise of the American Prairie.
- Author(s)Richard Manning
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication09/03/2011
- SubjectEnvironment & Ecology: General Interest
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note2 line illustrations, 2 maps
- Weight49 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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