The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960

Paperback | December 20, 2011

byDouglas Brinkley

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In this fascinating follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Wilderness Warrior, acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley offers a riveting, expansive look at the past and present battle to preserve Alaska’s wilderness. Brinkley explores the colorful diversity of Alaska’s wildlife, arrays the forces that have wreaked havoc on its primeval arctic refuge—from Klondike Gold Rush prospectors to environmental disasters like the Exxon-Valdez oil spill—and documents environmental heroes from Theodore Roosevelt to Dwight Eisenhower and beyond. Not merely a record of Alaska’s past, Quiet World is a compelling call-to-arms for sustainability, conservationism, and conscientious environmental stewardship—a warning that the land once called Seward’s Folly may go down in history as America’s Greatest Mistake.

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In this fascinating follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Wilderness Warrior, acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley offers a riveting, expansive look at the past and present battle to preserve Alaska’s wilderness. Brinkley explores the colorful diversity of Alaska’s wildlife, arrays the forces that have wreaked havoc on its primeva...

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The Quiet World is an epic history of the grassroots activists and artists who, with the U.S. federal government, saved vast reaches of wild Alaska from 1879 to 1960. Beginning with naturalist John Muir, who explored the towering glaciers of the Inside Passage, and ending with President Dwight Eisenhower, who created the Arctic Nationa...

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, CBS News Historian, and a contributing editor atVanity Fair.The Chicago Tribunehas dubbed him "America's new past master." Seven of his books have been selected asNew York TimesNotable Books of the Year.Cronkitewon the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism and was aWash...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.95 inPublished:December 20, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062005979

ISBN - 13:9780062005977

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“A very readable history of the preservationist movement across the nation.”