The Control of Nature

McPhee, John

Book - 1989
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
The Control of Nature
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.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1989
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374522599
Branch Call Number: 304.2 M172c
Characteristics: 272 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm


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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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