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The Control of Nature

McPhee, John (Book - 1989)
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The Control of Nature
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McPhee details the strategies and tactics through which people attempt to control nature. Most striking in his vivid depiction of the main contestants: nature in complex and awesome guises, and those who would attempt to wrest control from her--stubborn, often ingenious, and always arresting characters.
Authors: McPhee, John, 1931-
Title: The control of nature
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1989
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 272 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: John McPhee
Notes: "The text of this book originally appeared in the New Yorker"--T.p. verso
Contents: Atchafalaya
Cooling the lava
Los Angeles against the mountains
Summary: McPhee details the strategies and tactics through which people attempt to control nature. Most striking in his vivid depiction of the main contestants: nature in complex and awesome guises, and those who would attempt to wrest control from her--stubborn, often ingenious, and always arresting characters.
ISBN: 0374128901
9780374128906
0374522596
9780374522599
Branch Call Number: 304.2 M172c
Subject Headings: Nature Effect of human beings on Environmental protection
Topical Term: Nature
Environmental protection
LCCN: 89001052
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McPhee's writings on the MIssissippi, along with that of many other tireless advocates, could have prevented most of the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans.


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Apr 13, 2013
  • kariharrison rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

So far my favorite McPhee book and one of my favorite books of all time. This book is funny as words I can't say in a rated G environment. It's the story of 20th century projects taken on by groups of people in the face of overwhelming odds and often with human life in the balance. There are three rip-roaring tales told in literary journalism style tied together by a central theme. If your the type of person who thinks the lengths we humans go to in the engineering world is sometimes too far you will love this book.

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