ENCOUNTERS WITH THE ARCHDRUID III-A RIVER. By John McPhee · April 3, P. The New Yorker, April 3, P. PROFILE of. Encounters with the Archdruid has ratings and reviews. Tony said: David Brower was an extreme conservationist. His ‘religion’ was wilderness. B. Encounters with the Archdruid describes three journeys McPhee made in the late s with David Brower, executive director of the Sierra Club at the time, and.

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The section on Charles Fraser, the iconoclastic developer of Hilton Head, South Carolina, is genuinely interesting, even if it is as much a archddruid as the Brower section.

Joined by a mineral expert Parka land developer Fraserand a the commissioner of the department of reclam John McPhee’s writing could weave a page story that you’d be hooked to from a blade of grass growing between a flower and a honey bee. McPhee’s account of the conversations between environmentalist David Brower and three representatives of development may be 40 years old, but the issues it sets out are still surprisingly relevant. Looked him up and found him to be a prominent and prolific writer and picked this one, probably his most popular work, to start with.

This book chronicles David Wkth, executive director of the Sierra Club for seventeen years, interactions with three men that would be seen as enemies of the environmental movement, a mineral engineer working with the mining industry, a resort developer and a builder of large dams. Environmental champion whose passion founded Friends of the Earth”. Its unending buttes, flat or nippled, were spaced out to the horizons archdurid stone chessmen.

Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee

Encoubters founder and excommunicated leader of the Sierra Club, David Brower, is to me an uninspiring, mopey, and at times infuriating character. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since But it is not near fatal. The magic of Glen Canyon is dead.


I remember exactly where I was when, in the middle of the third section of this wonderful book, I thought to myself, “This is what I want to do. Which is not as simple as that might sound. To me, they are preservationists, encohnters conservationists. It affected us all.

Gosh I love John McPhee. The highlight is the conversation with Floyd Dominy who ran the Bureau of Reclamation. John McPhee’s writing could weave a page story that you’d be hooked to from a blade of grass growing between a flower and a honey bee.

I will encounrers be reading more of him. May 28, Mark Greenbaum rated it it was amazing. Encounters with the Archdruid. The book was generally well received in the popular press and became an enduring part of wuth portrait of David Brower.

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McPhee’s well-crafted prose make reading this a breeze, so check it out McPhee is an extremely talented writer and in his now classic work of environmental literature he presents the issues with the complex analysis they deserve.

Though the three men “in opposition” to conservation, push consistently for further environmental exploitation in the name of human advancement, they are presented to possess equal integrity to the idealist eco-warrior: This book is a time capsule for the environmentalist.

Everything he touches is golden. The green giant is chlorophyll, really. The Wall Street Journal. Going to try at least one more book of his sometime soon bec Complicated feelings about this.

Encounters with the Archdruid

His ‘religion’ was wilderness. I had recently read “Cadillac Desert,” and this book was mentioned as one of the references.


Elapsed stopwatch time has no meaning at all. The fact that humanity’s actions have a far greater impact on the environment than other species is counter balanced, in their minds, by humanity’s ingenuity in mitigating environmental risks.

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And the conservationist, still intractable, says he does not want the mine, does not want the resort, does not want the dam; enounters if they must come, he concludes, archdeuid I would want you men to build them. Fraser’s development of Hilton Head Island is still considered a model for planned development and McPhee notes that Fraser considers himself a true conservationist. But how much more interesting: What’s more, they firmly believe that doing so is in the best interest of nature.

No one questions this, or asks the reason. What’s more, the portrait of Brower that emerges in this book is by no means an unambiguously positive one. Nov 07, Daniel Burton-Rose rated it it was amazing Shelves: He remembers spending his sixth birthday in the hills below Hetch Hetchy and hearing stories of the battle that had been fought over it, a battle that centered on the very definition of conservation.

I didn’t find this book about David Brower, wity of the Sierra Club for years, to be one of McPhee’s better books. McPhee frames the issues as a foundation for a serious discussion which in a time when climate change denial appears to be accorded a respect it doesn’t deservewe’re not having. Jan 26, Jeff rated it it was amazing. I want to say hello.

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