557 pages, no illustrations
Modern American Environmentalists profiles the lives and contributions of nearly 140 major figures during the twentieth-century environmental movement. Included are iconic environmentalists such as Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson, Gifford Pinchot, and Al Gore, and important but less expected names, including John Steinbeck and Allen Ginsberg.
The entries recount how each individual became active in environmental conservation, detail his or her significant contributions, trace the influence of each on future efforts, and discuss the person's legacy. The individuals selected for the book displayed either an unparalleled commitment to the conservation, preservation, restoration, and enhancement of the natural environment or made a major contribution to the growth of environmentalism during its first century.
With a foreword by environmental historian Everett I. Mendolsohn, a timeline of key environmental events, a supplementary index organized by specialization, and a bibliography of groundbreaking works, this biographical encyclopedia is a handy and complete guide to the major people involved in the modern American environmental movement.
This book is recommended to any one interested in the environment and the environmental movement. -- John Goodier Emerald 2010 The volume should be a valuable addition for scholars, students, and general readers, who want a handy and in-depth reference work on American environmental leaders. -- Mark Harvey Quarterly Review of Biology 2011
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