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Green Backlash: Global Subversion of the Environment Movement 1st Edition
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From Library Journal
Like Paul and Anne Ehrlich in Betrayal of Science and Reason (LJ 10/15/96), Rowell attempts to show that the environmental movement is under attack around the world. In many of the cases documented by Rowell, a freelance environmental consultant for Greenpeace, those working to protect the environment are subject to physical danger and mental abuse. Unfortunately, this book fails to convince. Rowell's wooden prose is too often written in the passive voice, and his anecdotes suffer from a dull sameness. He believes that all corporations are bad and that those who disagree with environmentalists' goals must be intent on the destruction of the natural world, hyperbole that undercuts his thesis. This is unfortunate because Rowell raises several important issues, including questions about the impact of corporate campaign money on political decisions affecting the environment and the heavy price many environmentalists in developing countries pay for their activism. For libraries that must choose, the Ehrlichs' book is a more balanced account. Rowell's book is for comprehensive collections only.?Randy Dykhuis, Michigan Lib. Consortium, Lansing
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Overall, "Green Backlash is a highly readable, disturbing account of the growing anti-environmental (ist) movement. The book reveals the harsher realities of environmental life at the tail end of the 20th century."
-"CNS, March, 1997
..."it is well-written, draws upon varied facets of the world environmental opposition, and provides a "wake-up-call" for those who are not well aware of global environmental affairs."
..." [the] environmental agenda is clear throughout."
..." disturbing ... In "Green Backlash--which I heartily recommend to anyone concerned about the environment--Rowell concludes that the environmental movement must start to put forward positive solutions, not just call attention to problems."
-Alain Dessaint, "Healthy and Natural Journal