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Five hundred years ago an Italian whose name, translated into English, meant Christopher Dove, came to America and began a process not of discovery, but incursion — "a ruthless, angry search for wealth" that continues to the present day. This provocative and superbly written book gives a true assessment of Columbus's legacy while taking the first steps toward its redemption. Even as he draws a direct line between the atrocities of Spanish conquistadors and the ongoing pillage of our lands and waters, Barry Lopez challenges us to adopt an ethic that will make further depredations impossible. The Rediscovery of North America is a ringingly persuasive call for us, at long last, to make this country our home.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A National Book Award winner for Arctic Dreams, Lopez here offers a polemical assessment of the legacy of Columbus. (Sept.)
Booknews
One of our premier writers (Arctic dreams won the National Book Award) reexamines the imperial attitudes that have underlain the entire European settlement of America beginning with the Spanish conquest, and invokes a "rediscovery" of the New World, not as a source of personal wealth, but as a home, a place from which to draw strength and character. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"Eloquent, deep-reaching...may heads of state, students and stock clerks alike read this important volume; and may we all listen to its lesson." -- Bloomsbury Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813117423
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 6/28/1991
  • Series: Thomas D. Clark Lectures Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Lopez is the author of six works of nonfiction and eight works of fiction. His writing appears regularly in Harper's, The Paris Review, DoubleTake, and The Georgia Review. He is the recipient of a National Book Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and other honors. He lives in western Oregon.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    Toward a Spirituality of Place

    I am at present an undergraduate student of Geography. During this period of study I have also taken courses in American history. At the moment I am taking a course entitled, 'Geography of North America' at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). Along with whatever textbook to use for guidance, this book by Barry Lopez would be a perfect companion piece. Mr. Lopez offers us far more than a philosophy of place I would term it a 'spirituality of place' in the written tradition of writers like Pierre de Chardin and Thomas Berry. While brief it is beautifully and artistically written with an amazing impact on this reader. It encourages me to relate to the land in an intimate manner, and to treasure my places as if they were fellow humans. Thank you, Barry Lopez, for the gift of your words and insights.

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