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In light of environmentalist Foreman's arrest in 1989 in Tucson, Ariz., on sabotage-conspiracy charges and impending trial, the title seems enticing. But these 19 urgent essays aren't exactly "confessions." Foreman, co-founder of the militant Earth First! movement, discusses his legal problems only to the extent of claiming he was framed. His aim here is, instead, to lecture on the importance of preserving and rehabilitating a disappearing wilderness. Earth is in crisis, stresses Foreman, and human hands must be restrained from mistreating the wilderness. Grizzlies and redwoods, in Foreman's realm, deserve at least as much status as humans. The author, who long ago lost faith in government protection of wilderness, seeks to restore passion to environmental groups and spur individuals to acts of civil disobedience when needed. Much of the book is familiar material but, with expected trial publicity, Foreman's important message should reach new ears.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Foreman, founder of the controversial environmental group EarthFirst! and coeditor with Bill Haywood of Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching (EarthFirst!, 1985), here reflects on his involvement with EarthFirst! and why he left the group last year. He also discusses his environmental philosophy and outlines a plan to change the National Wilderness Preservation System. While believing passionately in the idea that the Earth, not humanity, is the most important reason for conservation, he offers reassessments of some of the group's more notorious methods. This is environmental philosophy at its finest and should be read by everyone who cares about the future of the planet. Although it will be considered controversial by some, it is an excellent purchase for libraries providing balanced viewpoints on the conservation movement.
- Eva Lautemann, De Kalb Coll. Lib., Clarkston, Ga.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051788058X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517880586
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before they were taken over by politically correct left coast weenies Foremans Earth First! was a very cool thing. They were "redneck hippies" who had a love for American wilderness and took radical steps to conserve it. Written after the FBI's attempt to set him up on bogus charges and after he left EF! Foreman lays out his ideas on conservation/ecology and his reflections on his life and times in the environmental movement. There is an emphasis on the wilderness in the western United States with Foreman but thats to be expected considering thats where he's from. Excellent auto-biography from an admirable man who has a lot of interesting ideas.
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Confessions Of An Eco-Warrior is not a charming book. It's not full of Abbey-esque witticisms, or Quammen-esque insights into the nature world. It is a frank commentary by Earth First! cofounder Dave Foreman of his evolution, why he believes the Earth needs protection, and why he endorses a hands-on approach to protecting it. Is he perfect? "...I am no saint," Foreman writes (p. viii). "Passion and vision are essential, but without ACTION (in italics) they are empty" (p. 8). Action is the key to environmental protection, he claims. "And when we are inspired, we ACT" (p. 21). "We are the wilderness defending itself" (p. 50).

In this book, of particular interest are Foreman's discussion of the major ways wilderness is being destroyed, his principles of monkeywrenching (and his analysis of arguments against it... check out the chapter on tree-spiking), and "strategic monkeywrenching."

Is Foreman's way the only way? Foreman argues, no. "We need more diversity, not less, in the effort to protect three and a half million years of evolution from plundering by our international industrial growth society" (p. 173). "The deadliest trait of the True Believer, though, is a loss of tolerance for other approaches, for anyone whose ideas are not 'politically correct'" (p. 171).

Today? "...I am no longer part of the Earth First! movement. I no longer represent it and I am no longer represented by it" (p. 219). Sounds like lawyer-speak.
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Dave Foreman (born 1947) is a US environmentalist and co-founder of the radical environmental movement Earth First! After a 1990 arrest, he left Earth First, to found/work with the Wildlands Project, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, and the Rewilding Institute. He is also the author of Rewilding North America: A Vision For Conservation In The 21St Century, Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife, The Lobo Outback Funeral Home, and coauthor of Defending the Earth: A Dialogue Between Murray Bookchin and Dave Foreman.

He wrote in the Introduction to this 1991 book, "I'm not sure what this book is. It's not an autobiography or even a memoir. It's not a work of conservation history of a technical discussion about environmental issues. It's not a comprehensive exposition of biocentric philosophy or an in-depth discussion of conservation biology. It's not a polemic or a how-to guide... I hope it gets you, the reader, thinking or wondering, whether you like it or not... I must also admit that after twenty years as a full-time conservationist, I have more questions than answers... My environmental career is not a linear progression from moderate to radical. It's more of a spiral..." He frankly admits, "I am no saint. We are often lectured to clean up our own acts before poking our noses into other people's business.
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Dave Foreman, lifelong preservationist, and founder of the Environmental organization called "EarthFirst!" provides an insightful explanation into the state of our nation and our world today from the preservationist viewpoint. Foreman refers often to historical information, biological research, ecological studies, demographic trends, science, population growth, political and economic facts, statistics, and motivations to explain the "why," "who" and "how" of our environmental condition today. "Common man" cattle-ranchers, behemoth corporations, bureaucratic agencies, and working and middle class--us, I, we humans--are relevant in this very mature and logical book. This is not a political or economically ideological book. The goal is to preserve what's left of our planet, pure and simple. "EarthFirst!" is inclusive for people from all economic, sociological, political, and religious backgrounds. In other words, it's not just for the so-called Greeners or Naturalists.

The bibliography noted in this text can lead anyone to further learn about the multitude of thinking, politics, history, and scientifically-based fact, which is the foundation of the preservationist movement. Foreman's description of the many species of plant and animal life makes the reader want to jump right into the natural world. Most of it is gone, however. Extinct. And many more species of animal and plant life are dwindling everyday. In the past I've read and viewed descriptions of "EarthFirst!" from those not familiar with environmentalism or biocentrism. Its coverage of "EarthFirst!" was extremely misleading in my opinion. This book is not a ranting and raving diatribe in any way. It is completely the opposite.
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