American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn

Ted Steinberg (Author)
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Description

The rise of the perfect lawn represents one of the most profound transformations in the history of the American landscape. American Green, Ted Steinberg's witty expose of this bizarre phenomenon, traces the history of the lawn from its explosion in the postwar suburban community of Levittown to the present love affair with turf colorants, leaf blowers, and riding mowers."

Product Details

Price
$21.95
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
March 01, 2007
Pages
295
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780393329308
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About the Author

Ted Steinberg is the Adeline Barry Davee Distinguished Professor of History and Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1961, Steinberg has held fellowships from the Michigan Society of Fellows, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Yale University. He has worked as an environmental historian for twenty-five years and is the author of five other books.

Reviews

The lawn is the centerpiece of the American Dream, and why wouldn t we dream about our obsession? In American Green, Ted Steinberg explores the psychological, moral, economic, and, yes, even political implications of growing and mowing a lawn, a not at all academic act that turns out to be a blast. You may never picnic the same way again, but if you do, you will want to talk about it with your city councilman, if not your doctor. --Robert Sullivan, author of Rats"