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John A. Livingston is Canada’s Rachel Carson. His cogent, brilliant writing on the effects of man on nature has defined an entire generation of environmentalists and is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the underpinnings of today’s issues. Radical when first published in the early 1970s and 1980s, Livingston’s arguments that we must find new approaches to our perception of nature and our place within it or face the irreversibility of our destruction of nature now reads prophetically. The Reader brings two of Livingston’s poetic and provocative books, The Fallacy of Wildlife Conservation and One Cosmic Instant: A Natural History of Human Arrogance back into print for a new generation of readers and features an appreciation by Graeme Gibson.
John A. Livingston, 1923-2006, was one of Canada’s most renowned naturalists. He was professor emeritus of environmental studies at York University and one of the founding forces behind CBC’s The Nature of Things. He was the author of nine books, including the Governor General’s Award-winning Rogue Primate.