One of America’s most significant architects of conservation and the environment, Stewart Udall, comes to life in this environmental biography. Perhaps no other public official or secretary of the interior has ever had as much success in environmental protection, natural resource conservation, and outdoor recreation opportunity creation as Udall. A progressive Mormon, born and raised in rural Arizona, Udall served as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior under the presidential cabinets of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson from 1961-1969. During these eight years, he established dozens of new national park units and national wildlife refuges, wrote the Endangered Species Preservation Act, lobbied for unpolluted water, and offered ways to beautify urban spaces and bring the impoverished out of poverty. Later in life, he continued as an advocate for conservation and the environment, specifically by proposing solutions to the challenges associated with global warming and the widespread use of oil.
What can we learn from this farsighted individual?
In a day and age of partisan politics, poor congressional approval ratings, and global warming and climate change, this captivating biography offers a profound and historical record into Udall’s life-long devotion to environmental issues he cared about most deeplyissues more relevant today than they were then. Intimate moments include Udall’s learning of the Kennedy assassination, his push for civil rights for African Americans, his meeting in the U.S.S.R. with Nikita Khrushchevthe first Kennedy cabinet member to do soand his warnings about global warming 50 years prior to Al Gore’s Nobel Prize-winning film.
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About the Author
Scott Einberger is an environmental historian and public lands enthusiast. He lives in Washington, DC.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations xi
Part 1 Udall's Formative Years, 1920-1960
1 Early Years 13
2 Congressman 24
Part 2 Udall as US Secretary of the Interior, 1961-1969
3 First Days at the Interior Department 43
4 Expanding the National Park System in the US West 68
5 Expanding the National Park System in the US East 90
6 Protecting Wildlife and Expanding the National Wildlife Refuge System 114
7 Transitioning the Bureau of Land Management to Multiple Use 126
8 Establishing Wild Rivers and Supporting Reclamation 140
9 Exercising Caution with Oil, Coal, and Mineral Development 164
10 Advocating for the Wilderness Act 178
11 Revitalizing the Urban Environment and Stabilizing Human Population 184
12 Controversies of the Interior Secretary 208
13 Final Days in Office 225
Part 3 Udall's Life After Politics, 1970-2010
14 Lobbying for Energy Conservation 231
15 Defending Navajo Uranium Miners 245
16 Climate Change Activist and Historian 256
Selected Bibliography 275
About the Author 281
What People are Saying About This
"A good reminder of what can be accomplished by motivated leaders that have strong values, employ strategic thinking, and have a supportive public."
“Udall is a huge figure in the history of postwar environmentalism in America, and it is quite shocking how few book-length treatments have been devoted to his enduring influence and legacy, which continue to reverberate in today’s politics and policy. With Distance in His Eyes is certainly a significant and much-needed addition to the study of one of the most important advocates for the environment in the twentieth century.”
“A thorough, delightful book about a truly inspirational public servant. Scott Einberger’s biography couldn’t be more timely, arriving just at the time that we need something to help dispel today’s dispiriting cynicism about the role and possibilities of government.”