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ISBN-13: 978-1559634885 ISBN-10: 155963488X Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 644 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 2nd edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155963488X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559634885
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I hope they write another one just for us!
The PhantomDownUnder
If you let it, it will change the way you think about your life and about the world.
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It is easy to read and follow, and very interesting.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Moseley on July 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
Two ranches of the same size each have 1000 cows. One ranch is overgrazed, but the other is able to add another 500 cows and still have grass. A decade later, the last ranch buys the first one and can carry 3400 cows on both places combined. How does this work? What makes the difference? This book goes into details.
Allan Savory writes on a vast subject, yet clearly conveys the important ideas behind creating and maintaining a healthy ecosystem. By training a Zoologist, the former tracker, wildlife manager, rancher, legislator, and now educator - Savory draws from his experiences as both a doer and a teacher to illuminate his points.
One key item Savory covers that is not covered in many other similar books is how and when to monitor and what to look for once a course of action is decided upon. The section on monitoring is worth the price of the book.
Ranchers, wildlife biologists, members of boards of trustees, as well as those concerned about DOING something about environmental degradation will find Savory engaging, challenging, and informative. People who have never been exposed to the ideas behind the central role of hoofed animals in ecological health will be the most suprised.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "jruedisu" on August 16, 2002
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I began reading Savory's book for a research project into ecological cattle management. Once I began reading it, I couldn't put it down, and I'm glad I didn't. Not only did the book teach me everything I could possibly want to know about Savory's cattle management methodology, but it gave a great perspective for managing life. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially people interested in any type of management (business or ecological) or anyone interested in environmental studies.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
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This book is about making decisions that consider the whole enchillada -- human values, activities that are consistent with the values, and restoring, preserving, and acquiring the resources to make it all come together. It's good for individuals, families, organizations or governments to manage effectively. It is similar to other decision processes, yet different. It's truly holistic!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LookingUp on April 25, 2005
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This is a book could be beneficial to anyone ... from individuals, to families, to cooperations, to farmers/ranchers, to governments.

Go to his webiste *holistic management dot com* for some of the most enlightening truth about the environement and our responsibility and what ACTUALLY WORKS in saving and preserving the environment. You will many Ah-Ha moments.

A very empowering book as well as you write out your QUALITY OF LIFE statement, your forms of production and your future resource base. An empowring book because it deals with really getting at the root and working towards a solution no matter who is involved.

If you want to solve problems and live with purpose and actually make a difference towards a sustainable civilization .. This book is at the top of the list.

AND.. It is just plain interesting !! Thank you Mr. Savory.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Donovan on December 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
Sustainability has become the central drama of our time, yet within the sustainability movement there is a huge conflict. It isn't the environmentalists against the dam builders this time--it is between those who see nature mainly as a domain, reserve, or area, and those who see nature as a process. Both sides largely agree that there is a serious ecological crisis, we are on the brink, and that humanity needs to change its ways. But there is an enormous disagreement on the problem, and on the prescription.
For the majority of writers on sustainability, the causes of our crisis are greed, overpopulation, consumption, development, and multinational corporations. For them, sustainability is a modern, industrial-era problem. The solutions are political: shift power from the wrong people and organizations to the right people and organizations, or quit logging, grazing, or using chemicals.
Savory's book shows, in convincing and elegant detail, that those who concentrate on shifting ideology or politics to move toward sustainability are just rearranging the deck chairs. The backlash and the revenge of unintended consequences will continue. If we are serious about this, we must change our decision framework. The way we make decisions, which is usually unconscious and habitual, is the key factor. Savory and Butterfield show us how this works, from start to finish.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ben on June 30, 2007
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Very interesting tome that is overwhelming because it changlenges all of the mindsets that one generally has concerning land management. The book has sections that are good for everyone, not just the land manager, and should be skimmed by anyone who cares about this planet and wants to make a difference.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The PhantomDownUnder on April 15, 2000
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Having used the framework within this book in my city-based business in Australia, I am at last clear on what I have to do to achieve the quality of life my family and I want - based on our relatively meagre small-business returns. At last, the kids and my wife and I have a shared clearly expressed view about our future together - and we now have the thinking+doing tools to work towards enhancing and achieving our shared future. Her writing style is caring/sharing and he backs it up with the science. Together, they've created a blessing (in disguise) for small and medium sized city-based enterprises. I hope they write another one just for us! And, what about some audio tapes?
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