American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn

American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn

by Ted Steinberg


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“Ted Steinberg proves once again that he is a master storyteller as well as our foremost environmental historian.”—Mike Davis

The rise of the perfect lawn represents one of the most profound transformations in the history of the American landscape. American Green, Ted Steinberg's witty exposé of this bizarre phenomenon, traces the history of the lawn from its explosion in the postwar suburban community of Levittown to the present love affair with turf colorants, leaf blowers, and riding mowers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393329308
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/17/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,222,691
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ted Steinberg is professor of history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of four books, including Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America.

Table of Contents

Prologue     xi
The Origins
Live Free and Mow     3
The Levitt Legacy     17
"Mother Nature's Little Helper"     39
The Color of Money     63
The Augusta Syndrome     83
The Dark Side
"First-Aid for the Earth"     107
Blades of Thunder     133
Mow, Blow, and Go     157
The Future
The Suburban Jungle     179
The Case for Brown     201
Epilogue     227
Notes     231
Acknowledgments     279
Illustration Credits     281
Index     283

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