In this fascinating follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Wilderness Warrior, acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley offers a riveting, expansive look at the past and present battle to preserve Alaska’s wilderness. Brinkley explores the colorful diversity of Alaska’s wildlife, arrays the forces that have wreaked havoc on its primeval arctic refuge—from Klondike Gold Rush prospectors to environmental disasters like the Exxon-Valdez oil spill—and documents environmental heroes from Theodore Roosevelt to Dwight Eisenhower and beyond. Not merely a record of Alaska’s past, Quiet World is a compelling call-to-arms for sustainability, conservationism, and conscientious environmental stewardship—a warning that the land once called Seward’s Folly may go down in history as America’s Greatest Mistake.
“A poignant cautionary tale for policymakers considering quick get-rich fixes to long-term problems with ecological implications. . . . In Brinkley’s hands, the still-raging battle to save Alaska’s wild character is riveting.”
Odyssey of the snowy owl -- Theodore Roosevelt's conservation doctrine -- The Pinchot-Ballinger feud -- Bull Moose crusade -- Charles Sheldon's fierce fight -- Our vanishing wildlife -- The Lake Clark pact -- Resurrection Bay of Rockwell Kent -- The new wilderness generation -- Warren G. Harding : backlash -- Bob Marshall and the gates of the Arctic -- Those amazing Muries -- Will the wolf survive? -- William O. Douglas and New Deal conservation -- Ansel Adams, Wonder Lake, and the lady bush pilots -- Pribilof seals, Walt Disney, and the arctic wolves of Lois Crisler -- The Arctic Range and Aldo Leopold -- The Sheenjek Expedition of 1956 -- Dharma wilderness -- Of hoboes, barefooters, and the open road -- Sea Otter Jones and Musk-Ox Matthiessen -- Rachel Carson's alarm -- Selling the Arctic Refuge -- Arctic forever.
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 18th January 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia