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The Quiet World

Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960

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In this fascinating follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Wilderness Warrior, acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley offers a riveting, expansive look at the past and present battle to preserve Alaska’s wilderness. Brinkley explores the colorful diversity of Alaska’s wildlife, arrays the forces that have wreaked havoc on its primeval arctic refuge—from Klondike Gold Rush prospectors to environmental disasters like the Exxon-Valdez oil spill—and documents environmental heroes from Theodore Roosevelt to Dwight Eisenhower and beyond. Not merely a record of Alaska’s past, Quiet World is a compelling call-to-arms for sustainability, conservationism, and conscientious environmental stewardship—a warning that the land once called Seward’s Folly may go down in history as America’s Greatest Mistake.

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Critical Praise

“A poignant cautionary tale for policymakers considering quick get-rich fixes to long-term problems with ecological implications. . . . In Brinkley’s hands, the still-raging battle to save Alaska’s wild character is riveting.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“Engrossing. . . . The Quiet World brims over with information and insight, passion and insistence. . . . A bit like Alaska itself: large, formidable, raw and ultimately unforgettable.” —The Washington Post

“Brinkley carves well-known figures with the tools of a skilled biographer. . . . This volume is required reading for anyone even mildly interested in the antecedents to U.S. environmental policy in the 21st century.” —The Los Angeles Times

“An important book.” —The Houston Chronicle

“A richly detailed, passionate and partisan account. . . . In lush prose, [Brinkley] captures Alaska’s pristine beauty.” —The Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A very readable history of the preservationist movement across the nation.” —The Seattle Times

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062005977
  • ISBN 10: 0062005979
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 12/20/2011
  • Pages: 592
  • List Price: 23.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: HISTORY / General
  • BISAC2: NATURE / General

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