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The Western paradox : a conservation reader

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  • OCLC: ocn123131867
  • ISBN: 0300084234
  • ISBN: 9780300084238
  • ISBN: 9781281722737
  • ISBN: 1281722731
  • ISBN: 0300084226
  • ISBN: 9780300084221
  • ISBN: 0300133863
  • ISBN: 9780300133868
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxx, 552 pages)
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  • Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2000.

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 484-527) and index.
Contents: Contents -- Foreword -- Introduction -- Select Harper�sConservation Essays -- The West: A Plundered Province -- The Anxious West -- The West Against Itself -- Sacred Cows and Public Lands -- Statesmen on the Lam -- Two-Gun Desmond Is Back -- Billion Dollar Jackpot -- The Sturdy Corporate Homesteader -- Heading for the Last Roundup -- Conservation: Down and on the Way Out -- Western Paradox -- Chapter 1 To the Traveler�s Eye -- Chapter 2 Damnedest Country Under the Sun -- Chapter 3 Emptiness Can Affect the Unwary
Chapter 4 Unregarded Inheritance from the FrontierChapter 5 The Eighth City of Cibola -- Chapter 6 A Certain Mentality -- Chapter 7 Nemesis -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgments -- Index
Summary: Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955) was, according to the novelist Wallace Stegner, "a fighter for public causes, for conservation of our natural resources, for freedom of the press and freedom of thought." A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, DeVoto is best remembered for his trilogy, The Year of Decision: 1846, Across the Wide Missouri, and The Course of Empire. He also wrote a column for Harper's Magazine, in which he fulminated about his many concerns, particularly the exploitation and destruction of the American West. This volume brings together ten of DeVoto's acerbic and still timely essays on Western conservation issues, along with his unfinished conservationist manifesto, Western Paradox, which has never before been published. The book also includes a foreword by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., who was a student of DeVoto's at Harvard University, and a substantial introduction by Douglas Brinkley and Patricia Limerick, both of which shed light on DeVoto's work and legacy
Subject: West (U.S.)
Public lands -- West (U.S.)
Conservation of natural resources -- West (U.S.)

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