Bill McKibben (The End of Nature, The Age of Missing Information) provides an introduction and notes to the text of the 1854 edition. Downplaying the recent appropriation of both the book and the author by environmentalists, he emphasizes Thoreau's social and cultural prescience, and focuses on the two questions of how much is enough and how we know what we want. No index or bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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