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  • A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir | Donald Worster

    A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Donald Worster
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
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    "I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer," John Muir wrote. "Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness. My own special self is nothing". In Donald Worster's magisterial biography, John Muir's "special self" is fully explored as is his extraordinary ability, then and now, to get others to see the sacred beauty of the natural world.

    Harold W. Wood Jr. says: "A good biography for historical perspective"
  • Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s | Donald Worster

    Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Donald Worster
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    In the mid-1930s, North America's Great Plains faced one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in world history. Donald Worster's classic chronicle of the devastating years between 1929 and 1939 tells the story of the Dust Bowl in ecological as well as human terms. Twenty-five years after his book helped to define the new field of environmental history, Worster shares his more recent thoughts on the subject of the land and how humans interact with it.

  • Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance | Donald Worster

    Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Donald Worster
    • Narrated By Paul McClain
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    The discovery of the Americas around AD 1500 was an extraordinary watershed in human experience. It gave rise to the modern period of human ecology, a phenomenon global in scope that set in motion profound changes in almost every society on Earth. This new period, which saw the depletion of the lands of the New World, proved tragic for some, triumphant for others, and powerfully affecting for all.

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