One of those books is Encounters with the Archdruid. This is a book that seems to favor no particular side of those arguments, leaving it to readers to determine where they would have stood had they been there. John McPhee is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose more than 30 books on a wide variety of subjects have won numerous other awards as well. McPhee had been able to recreate conversations and spin them into woven tales that take the reader into a mountain range, coastal island, and a very deep canyon as if we were there listening and sharing the experience. But he does it. In turn, Mr.
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Encounters with the Archdruid is a narrative nonfiction book by author John McPhee. Encounters is split into three parts, each covering environmentalist David Brower 's confrontations with his ideological enemies. McPhee blends traditional journalism—the reporting of facts and accounting of events, with thematic elements more common to fiction. The book was generally well received in the popular press and became an enduring part of the portrait of David Brower. While notionally a profile of Brower, Encounters is broken into three sections.
The first chronicles Brower's conflict with Charles Park, a mineral engineer hoping to find and exploit mineral reserves in Glacier Peak Wilderness. This pragmatic view was starkly contrasted with Brower's insistence that "I believe in wilderness for itself alone". Fraser's characterization of environmentalists as modern druids who "worship trees and sacrifice human beings to those trees" provides the charge against Brower that forms the title of the book.
Like Park, Fraser is depicted as nuanced and pragmatic: his vision of development is controlled and regulated land use. Fraser's development of Hilton Head Island is still considered a model for planned development and McPhee notes that Fraser considers himself a true conservationist. The third section presents David Brower's unraveling.
Displaying only some of the reserve and pragmatism of the previous two figures, Dominy relished the damming of rivers, while Brower considered damming the ultimate offense. McPhee's catalog of these conflicts between the growing needs of society and the shrinking wilderness "pre-saged" what would become known as "wise use", or prescriptions for use that balance the existential value of the environment against societal needs.
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Encounters With the Archdruid
Encounters with the Archdruid is a narrative nonfiction book by author John McPhee. Encounters is split into three parts, each covering environmentalist David Brower 's confrontations with his ideological enemies. McPhee blends traditional journalism—the reporting of facts and accounting of events, with thematic elements more common to fiction. The book was generally well received in the popular press and became an enduring part of the portrait of David Brower.
ENCOUNTERS WITH THE ARCHDRUID I-A MOUNTAIN
Encounters with the Archdruid describes three journeys McPhee made in the late s with David Brower, executive director of the Sierra Club at the time, and three of Brower's antagonists: Charles Park, a mineral engineer; Charles Fraser, a resort developer; and Floyd Dominy, a builder of gigantic dams. Praise for Encounters with the Archdruid "Brower and his antagonists are revealed as subtly and convincingly as they would be in a good novel. McPhee reveals more nuances of the value revolution that dominates the new age of ecology than most writers could pack into a volume twice as long. I marvel at his capacity to listen intently and extract the essence of a man and his philosophy in the fewest possible words. Then he would kick the dams apart and watch the floods that returned Strawberry Creek to its free- flowing natural state.