"Thiele's book provides a comprehensive review of the national environmental movement. His analysis of the political, economic, social, and cultural factors underlying today's environmental problems also identifies changes needed in the next century. The opening chapter summarizes the history of the conservation movement in the US. Four waves of national environmental activity are presented, beginning with a period of conservation and responsible resource use from the mid-1800s to 1960. A second wave, identified as containment of environmental degradation by an industrial society, spans 1960s to 1980s. A period of co-optation, or mainstreaming environmentalism, is placed into the 1980s and the present decade. . . . Overall, a valuable blueprint for future environmental action. It should be widely read and is especially recommended for social, economic, and political scientists, ecologists, and those who consider themselves environmentalists. All levels."--Choice
"The author's perspective is that of a political theorist. This perspective is quite different from that of a research-oriented ecological scientist. Thus the book provides an interesting and enlightening view of the environmental movement--which I think many ecologists would find refreshing ... The book is intended for activists and scholars interested in the environmental movement and its accomplishments and prospects. ... I found the book to be stimulating and informative both as a scientist and as a concerned citizen. ... [T]his book presents a balanced view of the environmental movement and it methods and accomplishments, without ever losing sight of the real need for environmental protection. I can easily imagine this book being used as a text for an upper-division course in environmental policy, or as a supplemental source of lecture material for instructors of many types of courses in environmental science, environmental policy, and natural resource management."--Ecology
About the Author
Leslie Paul Thiele is at University of Florida.