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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
Interesting to me that this book was written in 1975, 40 years ago but deals with some of the major problems of our current society in contrast to what we should or could do with... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Mark T. Stair
This book is pretty boring, too much environment talk. Good book if you like this genre, but is not for me.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Although it wouldn't be considered literary brilliance, the parallel journey from when the book was written, and how life is in Portland, Oregon today, was entertaining as well as... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rita Mattulat-Done
A true classic. A world I revisit every few years to renew my spirit. A way of life that I had hoped would eventually evolve from the maturing of our species. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gary J. Rhyne
I enjoyed reading it especially the how the society changed to improve the environment and their connection with nature.Published 4 months ago by Lavancie Belcher
I can count the number of books of fiction I have read on one hand. I prefer to read science, history, and food; watching fiction. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ian T. Miyashiro
I read this book several years ago, and just now ordered one for myself, to have as a resource. Callenbach posits a breakaway republic comprising Washington state, Oregon, and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Brown