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ENCOUNTERS WITH THE ARCHDRUID III-A RIVER. By John McPhee · April 3, P. The New Yorker, April 3, P. PROFILE of. Encounters with the Archdruid has ratings and reviews. Tony said: David Brower was an extreme conservationist. His ‘religion’ was wilderness. B. 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.

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Plus, Cadillac Desert gives a fuller portrait of the most interesting character in McPhee’s book, the indomitable Dominy. His writing career began at Time aith and led to his long association with the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since Yet within three decades–the National Park notwithstanding–the outlet of Hetch Hetchy was filled with a dam and the entire valley was deeply flooded.

Praise for Encounters with the Archdruid “Brower and archdrujd antagonists are revealed as subtly and convincingly as they would be in a good novel. It’s certainly possible that McPhee sways towards the former.

Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee

Oct 12, Bryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: No matter where one stands on the issues, this book is a good read. The four men portrayed here have different relationships to their environment, and they encounter each other on mountain trails, in forests and rapids, sometimes with reserve, sometimes with friendliness, sometimes fighting hard across a philosophical divide.


The first “encounter” struck me as a sort of masterwork in characterization and observation. Tye hope it never happens here.

John McPhee is perhaps the most lucid and engaging non-fiction writer I know. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Trivia About Encounters with t But by staging these dialogues in the wild McPhee changed the dynamic. Hence the need for a religion and for a visionary to encountrrs it.

Brower was a boy when the dam was being built.

No trivia or quizzes yet. McPhee’s approach to the material is brilliant. Politics, Rationality, and Identity in the American Southwest. Mar 13, Shelley rated it really liked it. Dec 28, Dave rated it really liked it. Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee. Mar 11, Matt rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book is a time capsule for the environmentalist. He has a great, objective, journalistic style, where most of encounhers storytelling is done through summary and dialogue.

His faith had told him that the young would do better with the encounhers. You are commenting using your WordPress. Clothes do not quickly dry. This from David Brower, executive director of the Sierra Club for seventeen years, speaking about our lust to grow our economy archruid develop technology. Encounters with the Archdruid discussion. Jan 12, David Robertus rated it it was amazing. These radical uncertainties were eventually removed by groundwater development, reclamation–the storage of what water there was, for use in irrigation.


Encounters with the Archdruid

Very thought-provoking, and McPhee is an absolutely superb writer. Sierra Club director David Brower is the Archdruid, a man who uses the word “conserve” the way Carl Sagan used “billions”. Arhcdruid Muir, preservationist, founder of the young Sierra Club, had lost this bitter and, as it happened, final struggle of his life. Jul 12, rachel rated it really liked it. To see what is essentially a filmed version of the final section of this book with the real characters and the real river, watch the PBS “Cadillac Desert–the American Nile.

Favorite Quotes: John McPhee – Encounters with the Archdruid

He did not associate lumber companies, motor companies, chemical companies, or mining companies with youth. The pain goes away for a while afterward, and miles can be added to a day. As timely today as when McPhee wrote it in”Encounters with the Archdruid” tells three environmental stories involving four men who are at once archetypes a mineral engineer, a resort developer, a dam builder, and a militant conservationist and, at the same time, real humans who are vividly portrayed by the author.

Great book about the soul of environmentalism.