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"A classic of earth consciousness."--Denis Hayes, Earth Day.
Ecotopia was founded when northern California, Oregon, and Washington seceded from the Union to create a "stable-state" ecosystem: the perfect balance between human beings and the environment. Now, twenty years later, the isolated, mysterious Ecotopia welcomes its first officially sanctioned American visitor: New York Times-Post reporter Will Weston. Like a modern Gulliver, the skeptical Weston is by turns impressed, horrified, and overwhelmed by Ecotopia's strange practices: employee ownership of farms and businesses, the twenty-hour work week, the fanatical elimination of pollution, "mini-cities" that defeat overcrowding, devotion to trees bordering on worship, a woman-dominated government, and bloody, ritual war games. Bombarded by innovative, unsettling ideas, set afire by a relationship with a sexually forthright Ecotopian woman, Weston's conflict of values intensifies-and leads to a startling climax.
"None of the happy conditions in Ecotopisa are beyond the technical or resource reach of our society."--Ralph Nader
This is not just a great story, it's a compelling (and frustrating) description of what our country should be. Read morePublished 20 days ago by B. D. Hellmann
Very unique story. This is the second time I've read this ( I read it some years ago when it first came out). Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was assigned this book for a class I am taking - it is an interesting concept, but I think the author left out too many details making Ecotopia too unrealistic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aspen Lawry
For those who read this book, I should warn you:
First, you must recognize the era the book was written in. Read more
First read this nearly 30 years ago - I borrowed a copy from a friend and skimmed through it - I always wanted to reread it more thoroughly, but I sort of forgot about it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Long John
A classic book that tells of a society that could be. So good that I read it once per year!Published 4 months ago by Kenneth Pick