|The Control of Nature by John McPhee (1999, Hardcover, Large Type) : John McPhee (1999)|
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|"The Control of Nature" is John McPhee's bestselling account of places where people are locked in combat with nature. Taking us deep into these contested territories, McPhee details the strageties and tactics through which people attempt to control nature. Most striking is his depiction of the main contestants: nature in complex and awesome guises, and those attempting to wrest control from her - stubborn, sometimes foolhardy, more often ingenious, and always arresting characters.|
|Number Of Pages||329 pages|
|Edition Description||Large Type|
|LC Classification Number||TD170.M36 1999|
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I have read this book at least a half dozen times. I loaned it out, and it didn't come back. So I bought another copy. I will read it again.
I highly recommend anything John McPhee has ever written. He is a keen observer of and reporter on culture, nature and our interaction with both. "The Control of Nature" reports on man's attempts to live in areas where the forces of nature are at odds with human intention. Like all his books this is an informative and highly entertaining read. Although he respects nature and the earth and its processes, this isn't an overtly "green" viewpoint. It's more of a report on interesting things humans do to try to bend natural forces to their will. Mr. McPhee is among a few writers I read not only for the content, but for the way he puts words together on the page.