The Western Paradox: A Conservation Reader

The Western Paradox: A Conservation Reader


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The Western Paradox: A Conservation Reader by Bernard DeVoto

“This book is the fascinating record of DeVoto’s crusade to save the West from itself. . . . His arguments, insights, and passion are as relevant and urgent today as they were when he first put them on paper.”—Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., from the Foreword
Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955) was, according to the novelist Wallace Stegner, “a fighter for public causes, for conservation of our natural resources, for freedom of the press and freedom of thought.” A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, DeVoto is best remembered for his trilogy, The Year of Decision: 1846, Across the Wide Missouri, and The Course of Empire. He also wrote a column for Harper’s Magazine, in which he fulminated about his many concerns, particularly the exploitation and destruction of the American West.
This volume brings together ten of DeVoto’s acerbic and still timely essays on Western conservation issues, along with his unfinished conservationist manifesto, Western Paradox, which has never before been published. The book also includes a foreword by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., who was a student of DeVoto’s at Harvard University, and a substantial introduction by Douglas Brinkley and Patricia Limerick, both of which shed light on DeVoto’s work and legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300084238
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/28/2001
Series: The Lamar Series in Western History
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 1,090,392
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Douglas Brinkley is director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. Patricia Nelson Limerick is professor of history at the University of Colorado.

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