- Paperback: 245 pages
- Publisher: Island Press; 1st edition (October 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1559637323
- ISBN-13: 978-1559637329
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is a thoughtful, if open ended, trace of the conservation movement in America that evinces the fundamental understanding that "In the end, the landscape of America is our portrait of ourselves." That, of course, prompts the conception of many challenges, some of which Meine discusses, particularly the construct of a land ethic, along with big questions that we must resolve about our relationship to the land, the earth, the seas...
A significant chapter, "Inherit the Grid," discusses the grid delineated by the land survey system which structures 70 percent of the U.S. "with complete disregard of terrain." This system, established in the 1790s, allowed orderly population of our Western frontier lands and forever altered our relationship to most of the continent.
Meine writes well and mines Aldo Leopold's life and writings extensively.
This is not so much a book to devour but, rather, one to sip occasionally, allowing the ideas to percolate, lest they prove overwhelming. If you want to approach our world in terms of "green" or "sustainable" or "natural," this book is an important one to read.