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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books; Reprint edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553658280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553658283
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 2009, Suzuki (Dodging the Toxic Bullet), an internationally recognized geneticist and environmentalist now in his 70's, gave a legacy lecture at the University of British Columbia where he had been a professor for 39 years. His is an optimistic vision of the future, even though we are despoiling our natural environment at a rapid pace as if as a species we were "immune to the laws of nature." Rachel Carson's 1962 book, Silent Spring, inspired environmentalists such as Suzuki to become active on a number of issues, but looking back he believes that environmentalists have not sufficiently addressed the root causes of our species' destructiveness: our failure to recognize our spiritual dependence upon nature that "gave us birth and is our home and source of well being" and to which we will return when we die. Suzuki sees the magnitude of the present crisis as a transformative opportunity to reject those who claim that protecting the environment is unrealistic, or fiscally irresponsible, and find ways to "and to create a future rich in the joy, happiness, and meaning that are our real wealth." A small book with a big, generous message. (Sept.)
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"The 'legacy' in this lecture is one of truthful words about the hard place we're in, but it's also one of hopeful words: our chance if we will take it for 'opportunity, beauty, wonder and companionship with the rest of creation.' My hope is that we ourselves will emulate David Suzuki and leave legacies in our turn." — Margaret Atwood

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven Forth on November 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
David Suzuki is one of the iconic Canadian thinkers and connectors of the past fifty years. From his early work in genetics, to his great television program The Nature of Things, to the David Suzuki Foundation he has worked to help us understand the impact of our choices on the environment we all depend on to continue to live. He has also been an important link between our scientific traditions (which are key to finding our way out our current crisis) and other modes of thought from first nations thinkers such as Gujaaw (the Haida artist, musician and political leader) to the world's religious traditions. This blend of scientific knowledge, media savy, with an open and always questioning understanding are something very Canadian.

The Legacy is based on the documentary film Force of Nature produced by Laszlo Barna and directed by Sturla Gunnarson. It is a short book, a series of summaries of the key points from the film and a distillation of the most important things that Dr. Suzuki has learned and wants to offer as his gift to the future. To me the book reads like the summation of the argument in a trial (and it is all of us and our civilization that it on trial). It is easier to understand the summation if you have followed the arguments and seen the evidence, and the summation is best understood if one can also hear the other side of the argument. (I would be happy if people can suggest other books that do a good job of presenting the other side of the case in the comments.)
The case, as I understand it, is that
- Humans have developed into a superspeices that is reordering other natural systems in its own short-term interests.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Nicolai Michel on October 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of David Suzuki, having been to four of his lectures.
I ordered this book as soon as I heard about it, thinking that something with such a title from Dr. Suzuki must be great. Unfortunately, the book is a huge let-down.
The book is divided into three parts of roughly equal length. The first, "Evolution of a Superspecies," is a brief review of how humans evolved to be such a successful and numerous species, and how we're responsible for today's environmental problems. None of this will be new to any environmentalist or fan of Dr. Suzuki. The second secton titled "Finding a New Path" explains the disconnect between economics and government policy and nature; again nothing new to those most likely to purchase the book. Lastly, "A Vision for the Future," where one expects to finally find some great ideas and concrete solutions, simply tells the reader that humans are part of nature, that we have the potential to change our ways, and that we need to change our point of view. As much as I wanted to like this book, none of the above meets my definition of the book's subtitle: An Elder's Vision for our Sustainable Future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juan R. Cole on October 26, 2010
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A wonderful tour de force in the tradition of the "Last Lecture" wherein scholars sum up their achievements. Perhaps a little over-priced given its brevity, but in my view well worth every penny.

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By Rick on July 13, 2014
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A definite read from one of the elders
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By ooakdolly on January 22, 2014
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Well worth the read. It is a lecture series he gave and is so comprehensive, and intelligent. I would have loved to have been there to hear it in person. David Suzuki is one of my heroes, so I might be biased, but he is an excellent teacher.
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Scientist David Suzuki's "The Legacy" shares wisdom from a scientist author that gives readers hope for a bright future. Suzuki puts the ecologic crisis we face in perspective, looking back over 70 years of our shared history. He offers a new plan for living in harmony with the environment in this treasure of a book. Highly recommended reading!
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