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The Control of Nature
The Control of Nature
Author: John McPhee
The Control of Nature is John McPhee's bestselling account of places where people are locked in combat with nature. Taking us deep into these contested territories, McPhee details the strageties and tactics through which people attempt to control nature. Most striking is his depiction of the main contestants: nature in complex and aweso...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780374522599
ISBN-10: 0374522596
Publication Date: 9/1/1990
Pages: 272
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 20 ratings
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Members Wishing: 1
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John McPhee is a great writer, and here captures human hubris, governmental ego and overspending, in the face of resolute nature.
Especially relevant is the section on the Corp of Engineers and work on the Mississippi river, in light of hurricane Katrina.
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buzzby avatar reviewed The Control of Nature on + 6062 more book reviews
Apparently, all 3 parts of this book were articles in the New Yorker. I've alwasys enjoyed his writings on science, this one includes a look at the San Gabriel mountains near where I live, which is good, since I still haven't forgiven him for short-shrifting Southern California in "Assembling California." I get the impression he didn't find the San Gabriel mountains very interesting.
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Recommend this author highly. He is one of the best non-fiction writers of all time and this is one of his best.
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McPhee is an excellent communicator and naturalist...this is another accomplishment of his.
buzzby avatar reviewed The Control of Nature on + 6062 more book reviews
Three New Yorker-length articles (that's where they were first published) on the Atchafalaya River in Louisiana, Iceland's Heimay volcano, and the San Gabriel Mountains. His books are crying out for maps, but for some reason, he doesn't add any photos or maps (some drawings of Icelandic houses, which seem very tangential to the main story), fortunately, we live in the age of Googleearth, so I was able to find most (but not all) places he mentioned.


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