Wild at Heart: America's Turbulent Relationship with Nature, from Exploitation to Redemption

Alice Outwater (Author)
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Product Details

St. Martin's Press
Publish Date
April 02, 2019
5.7 X 1.2 X 8.5 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Alice Outwater grew up on Lake Champlain, Vermont, and studied engineering at the University of Vermont and at MIT. She is the author of Water: A Natural History and consults in water quality. She has lived on a farm since 1991 in Vermont, Hawaii and finally Colorado.


"Outwater ends on a hopeful note as Americans are, again, embracing the natural world." --Booklist

"A cheering assessment of the future of the planet." --Kirkus Reviews

"This fascinating book reveals the extent of our nation's heedless treatment of the environment since Europeans settled here--a perspective that highlights where progress has been made." --Judith D. Schwartz, author of Water In Plain Sight and Cows Save the Planet

"Wild at Heart is a concise portrait of nothing less than America's relationship with nature. In twelve eloquent chapters Alice Outwater escorts us from the 18th century's still-intact tribes, through the trials and errors of colonialism and westward expansion, the debacles of our increasingly short-sighted industrialism, the conservation victories of the 1960's and '70s, and the tenuous balance achieved. With admirable calm she then depicts the depredations by today's Corporate Person as the unconscionable aberration it must be seen to be if we are to survive as a nation, an economy, or a species. A vital work by an exceptionally level-headed, Earth-aware writer." --David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and The River Why

"Through a narrative that roams in unexpected directions through surprising details and history, then periodically grounds itself by looping back to her own family before it soars off again, Alice Outwater's infectiously readable Wild at Heart captures the essence of ecology: Everything is connected, and every connection leads to ourselves." --Alan Weisman, author, The World Without Us and Countdown