This collected volume of original essays proposes to address the state of scholarship on the political, cultural, and intellectual history of Americans responses to wilderness from first contact to the present. While not bringing a synthetic narrative to wilderness, the volume will gather competing interpretations of wilderness in historical context.
"Valuable for both is synthesis and innovation. American Wilderness: A New History successfully draws together essays that explore the paradoxes and controversies that continue to plague this mercurial concept."--Robin O'Sullivan, H-Net Book Review
Michael Lewis is Associate Professor of History, Salisbury University
Twenty-four year-old Princeton graduate Michael Lewis had recently received his master's degree from the London School of Economics when Salomon Brothers hired him as a bond salesman in 1985. He moved to New York for training and witnessed firsthand the cutthroat, scruple-free culture that was Wall Street in the 1980s. Several months later, armed only with what he'd learned in training, Lewis returned to London and spent the next three years dispensing investment advice to Salomon's well-heeled clientele. He earned hundreds of thousands of dollars and survived a 1987 hostile takeover attempt at the firm. Nonetheless, he grew disillusioned with his job and left Salomon to write an account of his experiences in the industry. Published in 1989, Liar's Poker remains one of the best written and most perceptive chronicles of investment banking and the appalling excesses of an era.
Since then, Lewis has found great success as a financial journalist and bestselling author. His nonfiction ranges over a variety of topics, including U.S./Japanese business relations (Pacific Rift), the 1996 presidential campaign (Trail Fever), Silicon Valley (The New New Thing), and the Internet boom (Next: The Future Just Happened). He investigated the economics of professional sports in Moneyball (2003) and The Blind Side (2006); and, in 2008, he edited Panic, an anthology of essays about the major financial crises of 1990s and early "oughts."
Good To Know
Michael Lewis attended Isidore Newman School in his native New Orleans, LA -- a private college prep school that counts among its more distinguished alumni historian Walter Isaacson, children's book author Mo Willems, singer Harry Connick, Jr., and famous pro-football siblings Peyton and Eli Manning.
Princeton University, B.A. in Art History, 1982; London School of Economics, 1985
Table of Contents
Ch. 1. American Wilderness--An Introduction, Michael Lewis
Ch. 2. American Wilderness and First Contact, Melanie Perreault
Ch. 3. Religion "Irradiates" the Wilderness, Mark Stoll
Ch. 4. Farm Against Forest, Steven Stoll
Ch. 5. Natural History, Romanticism, and Thoreau, Bradley P. Dean
Ch. 6. The Fate of Wilderness in American Landscape Art: The Dilemmas of "Nature's Nation", Angela Miller
Ch. 7. Wilderness Parks and Their Discontents, Benjamin Johnson
Ch. 8. A Sylvan Prospect: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and Early Twentieth-Century Conservatism, Char Miller
Ch. 9. Gender and Wilderness Conservation, Kimberly A. Jarvis
Ch. 10. Putting Wilderness in Context: The Interwar Origins of the Modern Wilderness Idea, Paul Sutter
Ch. 11. Loving the Wild in Postwar America, Mark Harvey
Ch. 12. Wilderness and Conservation Science, Michael Lewis
Ch. 13. Creating Wild Places from Domesticated Landscapes: The Internationalization of the American Wilderness Concept, Christopher Conte
Ch. 14. The Politics of Modern Wilderness, James Morton Turner
Epilogue: Nature, Liberty, and Equality, Donald Worster