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In a captivating and moving style, the authors describe how the island became one of the richest nations in the world and how its citizens acquired all the ills of modern life: obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension. At the same time, Nauru became 80 percent mined-out ruins that contain severely impoverished biological communities of little value in supporting human habitation.
This sad tale highlights the dire consequences of a free-market economy, a system in direct conflict with sustaining the environment. In presenting evidence for the current mass extinction, the authors argue that we cannot expect to preserve biodiversity or support sustainable habitation, because our economic operating principles are incompatible with these activities.
|List of Illustrations|
|Ch. 1||A Pleasant Island||13|
|Ch. 2||Progress Comes to Nauru||29|
|Ch. 3||Nauru's Shadow||52|
|Ch. 4||Living the Myths||70|
|Ch. 5||Science as Story||95|
|Ch. 6||To Love a Cockroach||109|
|Ch. 7||The Market: Master or Servant?||131|
|Ch. 8||The Chimera of Reality||156|
Posted December 16, 1999
McDaniel and Gowdy have written a landmark book, dealing with the current environmental crisis as a whole and illustrating its elements through intriguing, true parables and concise explanation. Their compelling prose and personal treatment of a sometimes overwhelming subject matter make this book an enjoyable, crucial read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.