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Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet

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From Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes comes Eco Barons, the story of the remarkable visionaries who have quietly dedicated their lives and their fortunes to saving the planet from ecological destruction.

While many people remain paralyzed by the scope of Earth's environmental woes, eco barons—a new and largely unheralded generation of Rockefellers and Carnegies—are having spectacular success saving forests and wildlands, pulling endangered species back from the brink, and pioneering the clean and green technologies needed if life and civilization are to endure.

A groundbreaking account that is both revealing and inspiring, Eco Barons tells of the former fashion magnate and founder of Esprit who has saved more rainforests than any other person and of the college professor who patented the "car that can save the world," the plug-in hybrid. There are the impoverished owl wranglers who founded the nation's most effective environmental group and forced a reluctant President George W. Bush to admit that humans cause global warming. And there is the former pool cleaner to Hollywood stars who became the guiding force behind a worldwide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

At a time when there is no shortage of dire news about the environment, Eco Barons offers a story of hope, redemption, and promise—proof that one person with determination and vision can make a difference.

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"Pulitzer Prize — winner Humes (Mississippi Mud) profiles a band of idealistic environmentalists devoting their lives and fortunes to protecting nature, including such tycoons as Doug Thompson, the founder of fashion house Esprit, who now spends his millions buying up thousands of acres of land to create nature preserves, and Roxanne Quimby, creator of the cosmetics giant Burt's Bees, who is purchasing huge tracts of forests in Maine woods to 'trump the real estate investor's visions of resorts, golf courses and suburban homes on clear-cut lands.' But other 'barons' are more David than Goliath. The Center for Biological Diversity, a cash-strapped nonprofit founded by an 'owl expert, scientist and mystic' and a 'former engineering student turned philosopher,' is responsible for the recent campaign to fight climate change by protecting the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. Engineering professor Andy Frank has spent 20 years 'battling a recalcitrant [auto] industry and confused policy makers' to produce an affordable, plug-in hybrid car. Readers concerned with conservation will appreciate this optimistic if starry-eyed introduction to these little-known giants of the environmental movement." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Humes, an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, tells the stories of individuals who are making efforts to save the planet. He describes the work of those such as the Doug Tompkins, founder of Esprit, to save rainforests; Kieran Suckling and Peter Galvin, former forest service employees who launched an environmental law firm; Ted Turner, who buys and preserves American land; Andy Frank, who developed the plug-in hybrid car; Roxanne Quimby, founder of Burt's Bees, who is fighting to preserve the Maine woods; and Terry Tamminen, a former pool cleaner who became the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Pulitzer Prize-winner and bestselling author Humes examines a crucial crossroads in environmental preservation--and the remarkable steps taken by philanthropists and visionaries who dedicate their lives to saving land from destruction.

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“Well written and compelling, Eco Barons gives the reader a first glimpse of the activists, philanthropists and gadflies who may well turn out to be the J.D. Rockefellers and Rachel Carsons of our time.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Humes offers readers an eye-opening look at the remarkable philanthropists and visionaries who are devoting their lives to saving the earth from overdevelopment and destruction. In Eco Barons, Humes, the bestselling author of Mississippi Mud and Monkey Girl, gives us fascinating portraits of extraordinary men and women who are dedicated to humankinds survival—as important a contribution to the environmental cause as Al Gores An Inconvenient Truth. As the New York Times points out, “Humess urgent message is clear: We must all strive to become ‘eco barons in our own right if we are to save Planet Earth.”

About the Author

Edward Humes is the author of ten critically acclaimed non-fiction books, including the bestseller Mississippi Mud and, most recently, Monkey Girl. He has received the Pulitzer Prize and a PEN Award, and is a contributing writer for Los Angeles magazine. He lives in California.

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Ted Magnuson, August 16, 2009 (view all comments by Ted Magnuson)
An excellent book. If I were to be at all critical, the emphasis in this book could be changed. Nit picky, granted but Andy Franks, a big mover behind the electric car/California Car project should have been featured earlier. Humes also has an excellent backgrounder on how our freeway/road system was a gift to the auto industry at the expense of the electric trolleys, etc, that were once a common feature of American Cities. This is an excellent example of how the profit motive has run totally opposite providing services for the common good.
OK, OK, I like my car, too but did you know that Henry Ford drove an electric car? That is profiled in the book, too and Andy Frank's e-car conversion is evidently quite the zippy option.
This country needs more futurist and opinion makers like Andy Franks (and Edward Humes) who are all about reshaping society into a healthy place for children and for those of a collaborative spirit. The idea of milking 'the commons' for all it's worth ala Bernie Madoff, Kenneth Lay...has got to stop. Isn't that what governments were instituted to protect? Humes does an excellent job of putting a positive spin on the vision for a healthier world.
The life stories of 'Conservancy' style backers Roxanne Quimby (Burts Bees) and Doug Thompkins (Patagonia) are also profiled in this book. These big hats made their money the old fashioned way, working hard at things they loved to do with a twist--Their work was actually beneficial to society as a whole. Would that we all could follow their example.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061350290
Subtitle:
The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet
Author:
Humes, Edward
Author:
by Edward Humes
Publisher:
Ecco
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Green Business
Subject:
Endangered species
Subject:
Global warming
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090303
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.21 in 18.64 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Pulitzer Prize — winner Humes (Mississippi Mud) profiles a band of idealistic environmentalists devoting their lives and fortunes to protecting nature, including such tycoons as Doug Thompson, the founder of fashion house Esprit, who now spends his millions buying up thousands of acres of land to create nature preserves, and Roxanne Quimby, creator of the cosmetics giant Burt's Bees, who is purchasing huge tracts of forests in Maine woods to 'trump the real estate investor's visions of resorts, golf courses and suburban homes on clear-cut lands.' But other 'barons' are more David than Goliath. The Center for Biological Diversity, a cash-strapped nonprofit founded by an 'owl expert, scientist and mystic' and a 'former engineering student turned philosopher,' is responsible for the recent campaign to fight climate change by protecting the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. Engineering professor Andy Frank has spent 20 years 'battling a recalcitrant [auto] industry and confused policy makers' to produce an affordable, plug-in hybrid car. Readers concerned with conservation will appreciate this optimistic if starry-eyed introduction to these little-known giants of the environmental movement." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Pulitzer Prize-winner and bestselling author Humes examines a crucial crossroads in environmental preservation--and the remarkable steps taken by philanthropists and visionaries who dedicate their lives to saving land from destruction.
"Synopsis" by ,

“Well written and compelling, Eco Barons gives the reader a first glimpse of the activists, philanthropists and gadflies who may well turn out to be the J.D. Rockefellers and Rachel Carsons of our time.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Humes offers readers an eye-opening look at the remarkable philanthropists and visionaries who are devoting their lives to saving the earth from overdevelopment and destruction. In Eco Barons, Humes, the bestselling author of Mississippi Mud and Monkey Girl, gives us fascinating portraits of extraordinary men and women who are dedicated to humankinds survival—as important a contribution to the environmental cause as Al Gores An Inconvenient Truth. As the New York Times points out, “Humess urgent message is clear: We must all strive to become ‘eco barons in our own right if we are to save Planet Earth.”

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