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The Nature of New York: An Environmental History of the Empire State Hardcover – August 6, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (August 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801445108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801445101
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stradling examines virtually every major environmental issue in U.S. history from the point of view of how it played out in the state of New York. In some cases, the environmental actions of such New York men as the Roosevelts and Bob Marshall of The Wilderness Society influenced the whole country. . . . Stradling's scope runs from the effects of the Erie Canal in producing the market revolution to the pollution by chemical industries that caused the Love Canal crisis. . . . This accessible, gracefully written book meets its goal and will be especially useful for students of New York history."—Choice, June 2010



"A focused, accessible, and comprehensive environmental history. The bibliographic essay is particularly helpful and the text is well-complemented by 12 color plates and 30 figures and maps. The narrative flows as swiftly as any Catskills mountain stream."—Lawrence C. Swayne, Kaatskill Life (Fall 2011)



"In what proved to be a brilliant paring of project and author, Cornell University Press invited David Stradling to write 'an accessible, comprehensive environmental history of New York State.' The resulting book stands as an exemplary stae-focused history. It is also a book brimming with insights into the complex relationship between technology and the environment . . . an outstanding work of environmental history."—Jeffrey K. Stine, Technology and Culture (October 2011)



"David Stradling's survey of New York’s nature over four hundred years—from the Lenape and Leatherstocking to Levittown and Love Canal—is a marvel of environmental writing. In at times heartbreaking detail, he reminds us that New York, like anywhere, is a living place—pristine, violated, cleansed, preserved—where humans are just one organism, a part of and apart from the destiny of the place."—Gerard Koeppel, author of Water for Gotham: A History and Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire



"Don't be fooled by the term 'environmental history' in its subtitle; The Nature of New York is a big, broad, ambitious, important, and best of all, highly readable book. Given that the Empire State has so often led the nation in environmental progress (and at times in degradation as well), this book will interest anyone who cares about American attitudes toward our natural inheritance. For New Yorkers in particular, David Stradling's book should be required reading."—Paul Schneider, author of The Adirondacks: A History of America's First Wilderness



"What most impresses me about The Nature of New York is David Stradling's focus on events, people, and places that are obviously connected to the state's natural history and his ability to connect that environmental history to the overall history of the region. Simply put, Stradling persuasively illustrates how one cannot fully understand the history of the Empire State without also taking into account the state's intimate relationship to the natural environment."—Neil M. Maher, author of Nature's New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Wilson on September 25, 2010
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This is an excellent history of New York. It tells the story of how New Yorkers have used nature and how the environment has affected society from the colonial period to the present. Even those readers familiar with the state's history will enjoy it. David Stadling adopts a unique approach to New York's past focusing less on politics and individuals and more on environmental matters such as the development of farming, the impact of industrialization, the creation of protected areas in the Catskills and the Adirondacks, and the growth of the environmental movement. He is an expert on the environmental history of cities, especially how politicians and ordinary citizens grappled with air pollution. Because of this, his sections on New York's urban landscape are particularly strong. A book like this could easily have focused entirely on conventional 'environmental' topics such as farming, logging, and water development. He covers those with great skill while also incorporating cities into his discussion

Though Stradling is a history professor, this is not a dry academic tome. He has a lively writing style and his pasion for the state is evident on every page. The author and the press did a wonderful job with the production. They included a glossy insert of paintings showing the state's environmental past through the centuries, including classics by famous Hudson River School painters.

I moved to central New York from the western U.S. seven years ago, and since then, I've wised for a well-written history of the state that explains the development of its various landscapes. Finally, here it is! If you are interested in the state's history, you'll want this book. If you have a friend or someone in the family with this interest, the book will make a great gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patti Chadwick VINE VOICE on December 9, 2010
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This is a wonderful environmental history of New York from the very beginning. The author approaches the history of New York from a different vantage point...developing the land. It tells the story of the land and how it has changed through the centuries and how these changes affected the people who lived here. Though you might not expect it from a history professor, Stradling writes in lively, friendly tone and you can see his passion for New York. The photographs and illustrations in this volume were fantastic. It is a top-notch book. If you are a history buff, you will want this one for your library.
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This book is great for an overview of New York's environmental past--from an expert. If you want to understand the environmental issues of the future for New York, you need to know its past. The future, of which this book does not spend much time on (as that isn't the author's intent), does not say much about Climate Change--though it does acknowledge that it is a problem "for which no solution appears imminent."

New York State has undergone a lot of environmental change in the past 500 years as the author details very well. It is the foundation for the future looming crisis of Climate Change.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JAMIE CARSON on July 18, 2013
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I purchased this book as a requirement for a class on Empire State History. I was only required to read the first four chapters, but ended up finishing the book. Stradling takes a new approach to NY State history. He looks at it from every perspective, the people, the culture, the landscape... I really liked this book and intend to hang on to it.
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everyone especially in NY state should read this book; I already had read it and ordered this one as a gift..
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