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Heaven Is Under Our Feet: A Book for Walden Woods Hardcover – October, 1991

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From Publishers Weekly

Some 40% of the land surrounding Walden Pond in Concord, Mass., is in private hands and open to development. Recently, the Brister's Hill area has been threatened by an office building and Bear Garden Hill by condominiums. The Walden Woods Project, sparked by rock star Henley and fueled by rock journalist Marsh and other celebrities--entertainers, writers, political leaders and environmental activists--is making a determined effort to acquire these properties. The 67 essays offered here are contributions to the project; some refer specifically to Walden, others are on general environmental matters. Styles range from the elegant to the vernacular. This is a literary equivalent of the big benefit concert: we hear from Jesse Jackson, Garry Trudeau, Whoopi Goldberg, Louise Erdrich, Massachusetts senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, Meryl Streep, E. L. Doctorow and others. Thoreau would approve. First serial to Rolling Stone.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The literary equivalent of a benefit concert, this collection comprises more than 65 essays by name entertainers, authors, politicians, and environmental activists. Edited by singer/songwriter Henley and rock writer/civil rights' activist Marsh, it celebrates the dual themes of its literary/spiritual progenitor, Henry David Thoreau: respect for the earth and the pursuit of a moral center. It is also a fundraiser for the Walden Woods Project, a national nonprofit effort to acquire and preserve threatened portions of the 2,880-acre woods in which Thoreau did some of his most enduring communing. Despite the quality of many of the entries, their brevity and extreme variety limits the book's appeal to the informed environmentalist. On the other hand, the same variety, plus the celebrity and/or accomplishment of the contributors, could give it great appeal as an introductory text.
- Linn Prentis, Milford, Pa.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Longmeadow Pr; 1st edition (October 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0681411295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0681411296
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Don Henley and David Marsh have collaborated on one of the most thought provoking environmental essays since the lengendary Henry David Thoreau. Don Henley has been at the forground of environmental issues for many years. Growing up in a small Texas town, Don has been heavily influenced by nature and the natural beauty that surrounds us. This is paticularly evident to anyone who has ever heard any of (Mr.Henley's/ The Eagle's)music. Many of Don's songs include images or scenes of nature. In "Heaven Is Under Our Feet", Don assembled some of today's prominent figures to give their analysis of the growing environmental issues that plague us today; and our children tomorrow. Hopefully by using "high profile" figures, more people will become aware of the problems that surround us in our everyday environment. The main message that I received from the book was that many people live in a state of apathy. People don't care what goes on around them as long as they get theirs. We need to change this way of thinking. We need to start thinking globally, instead of thinkig locally. The greatest resource we have is our children. The best gift we can give our children is a chance. A chance to experience nature as it was created. "HEAVEN IS UNDER OUR FEET AND ABOVE OUR HEADS"
Charles Rapp
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book soon after it was published and it has stayed with me ever since. Don Henley does a magnificent job weaving these often soaring editorials together. Long live Walden Pond and the countless Walden's everywhere...
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I bought this book because I thought it was about the Eagles. Then I found that Don Henley is an environmentalist and is working to save Walden Woods in Massachusetts and he had edited the book. And he has done a fine job: the book consists of a collection of essays stressing the importance of preserving the land and restricting commercial development. I agree completely and worry that America has become greedy for money and not enough of us care anymore. I hope many people will read this book and, if they are able, contribute to the project.
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This is one of the best essay compilations of all time! Nice job, Don!!
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