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Brower was in the thick of battle when John McPhee profiled him for the New Yorker in a piece that would evolve into Encounters with the Archdruid. McPhee follows Brower into unusually close combat as Brower faces down a geologist who is, it seems, convinced that there is no sight quite so elevating as that of a fully operational mine; a developer who (successfully, it turned out) sought to convert an isolated stretch of the Carolina coast into a resort for the moneyed few--and who provided the title for McPhee's book, wryly opining that conservationists are at heart druids who "sacrifice people and worship trees"; and, most formidable of all, former Interior Secretary Floyd Dominy, who oversaw the construction of a structure that for Brower stands as one of the most hated creations of our time, Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. McPhee offers up an engaging portrait of Brower, a man unafraid of a good fight in the service of the earth, making Encounters an important contribution to the history of the modern environmental movement. --Gregory McNamee
Great book, very detailed and interesting.
Brower himself says in the book that while he is opposed to developing Cumberland Island, if anyone were to develop it, he would want Fraser to be that person.
The real genius behind the book is McPhee's idea of taking David Brower, a leading environmentalist, and his opponents into the wilderness.
Agree or disagree, progress or conservation this book made me think. Nothing is cut and dried about our future. Read morePublished 2 days ago by JR
I bought this specifically to read the section on Hilton Head Island and Charles Frazier.
The book is divided into 3 parts: mountain range out west, southern coastal area and... Read more
An incredible book. Three stories in one about beautiful places around the country...makes me want to get out and experience these places on my own. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hgardner
John McPhee is one of my favorite authors. He has a way of approaching his subject manner from many different perspectives which I enjoy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan A
McPhee is my favorite expository author with another perfect book. Although it was published some time ago, it is applicable to our current and future times.Published 4 months ago by Oscar Padjen
John McFee is fantastic. The physical descriptions of people and places are like no other.
Even though this book is dated, it still reads like it could have been written... Read more
Every John McPhee book is required reading for the inquisitive mind.Published 5 months ago by Jesse