John McPhee, Encounters With the Archdruid
Accounts of the outdoors can make for spirited political debate as well. This 1971 book is structured around three long sections in which environmental activist David Brower confronts his ideological opponents while traveling through some of the United States’ most scenic spaces, including Hilton Head Island and the Colorado River. It’s a book in which issues essential to the outdoors are discussed within the very spaces that are up for debate. McPhee has written extensively about outdoor landscapes — 1968’s The Pine Barrens is also recommended — and this book finds him at the top of his form.
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