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Our Plundered Planet Hardcover – January 1, 1948


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  • Hardcover: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (January 1948)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316666084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316666084
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,849,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Hanniver on May 24, 2013
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I'm 77, now retired for 10 years, a former Naval officer. After resigning from the Navy to protest the Vietnam War, I worked as a full time environmentalist, largely in alternate energy and conservation, for 14 years--and this book, written even before Rachel Carson's amazing SILENT SPRING, was a stunner! It helped change my life in two ways: First, soon afterward I became an environmental activist for the rest of my life, and second, I followed up on Osborne's conclusions regarding destruction of habitats in the ancient world, and decided he was correct. The early Chinese, Native Americans, and Mesopotamians definnitely DID destroy their farmland, and their current civilization, by intensive monoculture, neglect of fallowing and crop rotation, and simply wearing out or salinizing the soil by surface irrigation. The same crimes we committed back in 1969, when I first read this book. My old copy has worn out, I'm still, at 77, an activist--and the whole earth, and my grandchildren's futures, are now at stake.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allen Lilleberg on April 7, 2011
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truly life changing when as a pre teen I read this book. It was a prophecy! way before Rachel Carsons book. Later, I was the first environmental teacher in the Napa Valley, late 60s.
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