The Wanderings of an Environmental Journalist: In Alaska and the American West

The Wanderings of an Environmental Journalist: In Alaska and the American West

by Philip L. Fradkin
     
 
In these timeless articles, Fradkin combines history and the environment and makes unique explorations of two highly charged and myth-laden concepts.

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In these timeless articles, Fradkin combines history and the environment and makes unique explorations of two highly charged and myth-laden concepts.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fradkin roamed freely in the 1970s and '80s as the Los Angeles Times 's first environmental writer, and as a contributor to Audubon. These 15 pieces, about evenly divided in covering Alaska and the West, include several gems. ``The Eating of the West'' is a thoughtful exploration of the ``high environmental cost'' (overgrazing) of America's penchant for beef consumption. ``The First Pipeline'' describes the people and politics behind the ``expensive failure'' of the original Alaska pipeline, built during WW II. A late-'70s article on dangers facing supertankers in Valdez Narrows foretells the Exxon disaster. Some pieces are dated, but Franklin's engaging style and insights into ongoing issues--the ``alienation'' of Native Americans from their lands, overcrowding in the West, the constant threat of fire in California--make this a rewarding collection for concerned readers. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Booknews
These articles were featured in the Los Angeles Times and Audubon magazine during the 1970s and 1980s. Collected here, with an epilogue that updates news of the people and locations mentioned, they look at people and the environment in the two regions, discussing such subjects as the giant waves of Lituya Bay, the piloting of supertankers through Valdez narrows, drought and fire in California, overgrazing in Arizona and Nevada, and an energy boomtown in Colorado. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826314161
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
281
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.07(d)

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