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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. Park, Mr. Fraser, and Mr. Dominy encounter Mr. Brower whether in rapids, in forests, on mountain trails, on a raft, in a jeep, or on foot — now reserved, now friendly, now fighting hard across a philosophical divide. The arguments we read here took place 40 years ago. Yet they are exactly the same arguments that ramble and rage around us today.
There are gems here and there that made my ears perk up. Such as when Mr. Or Mr. The scene was bizarre and ironic, or so it seemed to me. Of most interest to me were the pages recounting Mr. Bureau of Reclamation. That was probably because I can remember the battle to prevent construction of the Glen Canyon Dam and the battles to save Dinosaur National Monument from a reservoir that would have inundated much of it. Those and the memory of the fight to prevent Mr. Dominy and his army of mechanical beavers from dropping a dam into the inner gorge of Grand Canyon rang bells as I read.
The exchanges between Mr. Brower and the others became verbal sparring matches as Mr. McPhee recounts them for us. While traveling on a government boat to Navajo Bridge, Mr. Brower and Mr. Dominy get into it. But we brought in something else. You can lament all you want what we covered up.
Much different that what I expected when I started reading. It presents arguments made by people whose beliefs and opinions were at opposite poles — yet they were able to argue and still remain friends.
Consider this exchange between Mr. Dominy as they soaked in some of the crystalline pools of Havasu Creek:. Lake Powell is a drag strip for power boats. The magic of Glen Canyon is dead. It has been vulgarized. Putting water in the Cathedral in the Desert was like urinating in the crypt of St. I hope it never happens here. Rhetoric became more and more heated until the two men climbed back into the raft that was carrying them through the Grand Canyon and broke open a couple more cans of beer.
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ENCOUNTERS WITH THE ARCHDRUID III-A RIVER
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. Park, Mr.
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.
Encounters With the Archdruid
Encounters with the Archdruid