Rebel with a Conscience

Rebel with a Conscience

by Russell W. Peterson
     
 

This book is about the real experiences of a true rebel - a scientist, business executive, politician, citizen activist - who successfully challenged the powers-that-be in business and government to further justice and environmental health worldwide. It provides a good history of the environmental movement and illustrates how a scientist can flourish in business and… See more details below

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This book is about the real experiences of a true rebel - a scientist, business executive, politician, citizen activist - who successfully challenged the powers-that-be in business and government to further justice and environmental health worldwide. It provides a good history of the environmental movement and illustrates how a scientist can flourish in business and government. It should be helpful and inspirational for students who are choosing a career and others who want to change careers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give." Throughout his inspiring memoir, Peterson shows how strongly he has taken that aphorism to heart. In 1968, Peterson, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry, retired from a flourishing, 26-year career at DuPont to pursue a life of public service. The organizational and management skills he had refined in the business world formed the backbone of his successful campaign to become governor of Delaware. From his new office, Peterson led the restructuring of the antiquated executive branch, drastically improved funding for education and pushed forward the controversial Coastal Zone Act, which prevented the state's beautiful wetlands from being turned into the site of a major oil-industrial complex. After losing his bid for reelection, Peterson went on to influential positions as the chairman of the Presidential Council on Environmental Quality, the head of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the president of the National Audubon Society, among others. Though Peterson's writing can be dry, it is balanced by his contagious enthusiasm and optimistic faith in the possibilities of civic activism. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874136814
Publisher:
University Of Delaware
Publication date:
04/30/1999
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.30(d)

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