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Rewilding the West : Restoration in a Prairie Landscape - Richard Manning

Rewilding the West

Restoration in a Prairie Landscape

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Published: 9th March 2011
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"The most destructive force in the American West is its commanding views, because they foster the illusion that we command," begins Richard Manning's vivid, anecdotally driven account of the American plains from native occupation through the unraveling of the American enterprise to today. As he tells the story of this once rich, now mostly empty landscape, Manning also describes a grand vision for ecological restoration, currently being set in motion, that would establish a prairie preserve larger than Yellowstone National Park, flush with wild bison, elk, bears, and wolves. Taking us to an isolated stretch of central Montana along the upper Missouri River, Manning peels back the layers of history and discovers how key elements of the American story--conservation, the New Deal, progressivism, the yeoman myth, and the idea of private property--have collided with and shaped this incomparable landscape. An account of great loss, "Rewilding the West "also holds out the promise of resurrection--but rather than remake the plains once again, Manning proposes that we now find the wisdom to let the prairies remake us.

"Rewilding the West succeeds on multiple levels...[Manning] offers a fresh and well-grounded historical treatment of an important topic." Canadian Journal Of History "A good researcher, facile writer, and passionate critic of agriculture." Orion

Visionp. 1
Aboriginal Sinsp. 15
Property Was Theftp. 43
Face It to Livep. 61
All Hell Needsp. 65
Nothing Came Up That Yearp. 81
Paving the Road to Hellp. 99
The Unwild Westp. 125
Conservation's Contradictionp. 143
A Learned Legacyp. 169
A Beginningp. 187
Acknowledgmentsp. 201
Notesp. 205
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780520267954
ISBN-10: 0520267958
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 9th March 2011
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.32