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"Movement reporting on a par with Mailer's Armies of the Night"—Peter Linebaugh, author of Magna Carta Manifesto and The Many-Headed Hydra.

Hold on tight as you open the pages of Born Under a Bad Sky and follow journalist Jeffrey St. Clair as he leads you through a landscape of horrors and wonders, scenery all the more strange because the setting is our own bruised world, in our own fraught era.

Enter a world that is part Bosch and part Bierstadt. This is not only a savage philippic against the foulers of Nature's temple, but—and this is where St. Clair worthily follows in the tracks of Stegner and Abbey—an homage to the planet itself. There is beauty as well as horror here.

These urgent dispatches are from the frontlines of the war on the Earth. Gird yourself for a visit to a glowing nuclear plant in the backwoods of North Carolina, to the heart of Cancer Alley where chemical companies hide their toxic enterprise behind the dark veil of Homeland Security, and to the world's most contaminated place, the old H-bomb factory at Hanford, which is leaking radioactive poison into the mighty Columbia River.

With unflinching prose, St. Clair confronts the White Death in Iraq, the environmental legacy of a war that will keep on killing decades after the bombing raids have ended. He conjures up the environmental villains of our time, from familiar demons like James Watt and Dick Cheney to more surprising figures, including Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer (father of the cancer bond) and the Nobel laureate Al Gore, whose pieties on global warming are sponsored by the nuclear power industry. The mainstream environmental movement doesn't escape indictment. Bloated by grants from big foundations, perched in high-rent office towers, leashed to the neoliberal politics of the Democratic Party, the big green groups have largely acquiesced to the crimes against nature that St. Clair so vividly exposes.

All is not lost. From the wreckage of New Orleans to the imperiled canyons of the Colorado, a new green resistance is taking root. The fate of the grizzly and the ancient forests of Oregon hinge on the courage of these green defenders. This book is also a salute to them.

"This is what the true West looks like. It's not for the faint of heart."—Susan Davis, author Spectacular Nature.

"Beautifully written!"—Clancy Sigal, author Going Away, screenwriter Frida

"Who else can combine Rachel Carson's wisdom, I.F. Stone's erudition and Edward Abbey's sass?"—Michael Colby, editor of Broadsides.

"The Upton Sinclair of Oregon City."—Jeff Baker, The Oregonian

"A stunning, passionate book that takes you into the world where nature's beauty is being savaged by the corrupt industrial-political complex."—Kirkpatrick Sale, author After Eden: The Evolution of Human Domination

"Born Under a Bad Sky provides a sense of hope as an antidote to the despair over what humans have done to the environment."—Paul Krassner, editor The Realist, author One Hand Jerking

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Environmental muckraking by one of the America's most acclaimed radical journalists.

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Cultural Writing. Political Science. Environmental Studies. In this chilling survey of the American landscape, investigative journalist Jeffrey St. Clair guides readers through the environmental wreckage of North America, from the plutonium-contaminated fields of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to Indian Point Energy Center, the world's most dangerous nuclear plant. St. Clair, co-editor of the popular CounterPunch newsletter and website, exposes the corrupt political machinery driving the exploitation of the American outback. From the clear-cutting of ancient forests to the damming of some of the world's wildest rivers, he outs the politicians, Democratic and Republican alike, who are profiting from the poisoning of the planet.

About the Author

Award-winning investigative journalist Jeffrey St. Clair is co-editor of CounterPunch and author of 11 books, including the best sellers Whiteout: the CIA, Drugs and the Press; Al Gore: a User's Manual; and Five Days That Shook the World. He lives in Oregon City, Oregon.

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BrickBurner, June 9, 2008 (view all comments by BrickBurner)
Jeffrey St. Clair is a sane voice in a chaotic, cruel world.

The most articulate, passionate writer covering environmental issues in America today, no other author matches St. Clair's deep understanding of our noxious political landscape, nor his unwavering commitment to preserving what's left of the embattled American West. He's been in the muddy trenches for decades, covering the savage forest battles of the Pacific Northwest as editor of Forest Watch and the eminent Wild Forest Review, and his wisdom shines herein.

This latest collection of reports from the frontlines should be atop the reading lists of all who want to understand what it is going to take to push the environmental movement forward, when the fate of our little blue planet seems to be speeding in reverse, with the barons of industry drunk behind the wheel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781904859703
Author:
St Clair, Jeffrey
Publisher:
AK Press
Author:
Jeffrey St. Clair
Author:
Clair, Jeffrey St.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental policy -- United States.
Subject:
United States Environmental conditions.
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Counterpunch
Publication Date:
20080631
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TRADE PAPER
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General/trade
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English
Pages:
460
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"Synopsis" by , Cultural Writing. Political Science. Environmental Studies. In this chilling survey of the American landscape, investigative journalist Jeffrey St. Clair guides readers through the environmental wreckage of North America, from the plutonium-contaminated fields of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to Indian Point Energy Center, the world's most dangerous nuclear plant. St. Clair, co-editor of the popular CounterPunch newsletter and website, exposes the corrupt political machinery driving the exploitation of the American outback. From the clear-cutting of ancient forests to the damming of some of the world's wildest rivers, he outs the politicians, Democratic and Republican alike, who are profiting from the poisoning of the planet.
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