Synopses & Reviews
As executive director of the Sierra Club through the 1950s and 60s, David Brower spearheaded its landmark campaigns, launched its publishing program, and, in Jerry Manders words, essentially vaulted the ecology movement into
a major international force.” Brower was the movements charismatic pied piper, inspiring countless young people to follow his lead.
This incendiary and vastly entertaining volume is vintage Brower, recounting events from his life and times as preludes to his siren songs on behalf of the Earth. His voice is erudite, beautifully cadenced, infuriatingly opinionated, and spiced with dry humor. And his insights are uncannily prescient; back in the early 1990s he called for the adoption of hybrid cars, urban core infilling, wildlife corridors, and more. We also see Browers other sides: as a leading mountaineer and officer in the famed 10th Mountain Division during WWII and as an innovative and discerning editor.
Browers tale begins at a Grateful Dead concert, where he is mentally composing a speech that will move the young audience to as much passion for conservation as they express for their music. With this delightful book available again, still more young (and not-so-young) people can be moved by his words.
"Nothing I have heard from anybody else has affected my thinking so deeply as what I heard from David Brower."--Charles Kuralt
"David Brower has been for many years a steady force of nature, drawing us to see the natural world as a nurturer, teacher, inspirer, and partner. He has been the pathbreaker, not given to easy answers or ruinous compromises a man of great insight who cares deeply for his world."--Jimmy Carter
"This book is the testament of one of the few authentic sages of our time. Brower's voice is passionate, perfectly cadenced, humorous, and very wise. And original: while most writers point to where we are, this one draws the map."--Edward O. Wilson
"As entertaining as it is wise wit, good humor, and generosity of spirit illuminate every page of his marvelous political memoir."--Theodore Roszak