In a Dark Wood : The Fight over Forests&the Myths of Nature (Paperback)

Author: Chase, Alston

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In a Dark Wood presents a history of debates among ecologists over what constitutes good forestry, and a critique of the ecological reasoning behind contemporary strategies of preservation, including the Endangered Species Act. Chase argues that these strategies, in many instances adopted for political, rather than scientific reasons, fail to promote biological diversity and may actually harm more creatures than they help. At the same time, Chase offers examples of conservation strategies that work, but which are deemed politically incorrect and ignored. In a Dark Wood also provides the most thoughtful and complete account yet written of radical environmentalism. And it challenges the fundamental -- but largely unexamined -- assumptions of preservationism, such as those concerning whether there is a "balance of nature", whether all branches of ecology are really science, and whether ecosystems exist. In a Dark Wood will be of interest to environmentalists, ecologists, philosophers, biologists, and bio-ethicists, and anyone concerned about ecological issues. Yet it is also a smashing good read, judged by a recent national poll to be one of the 100 best nonfiction books written in the English language during the twentieth century. In his new introduction, Chase evaluates the response to his book and reports on recent developments in environmental science, policy and politics.


Publisher Transaction Pub
Mfg Part# 9780765807526
SKU 30682547
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0765807521
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 1.5T
" is fascinating reading, impeccably researched, and powerful in that Chase is clearly a friend of the Earth, not another glad-tider or apologist."
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0535
Publisher Transaction Publishers
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