Places by Philip Shabecoff
Habitats of a Human Lifetime

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This is a memoir, but its principal subject is not my life. It is instead a memoir about places-places where I lived, or worked or visited, some just briefly. It is written with the hindsight of all I have learned about the environment, a field I have followed closely for nearly half a century in the latter part of a long career as a reporter, publisher and author. This is not a travel book. It is a book about how a life is affected by the places we in inhabit and how we, in turn, affect those places. It describes the places in which I have lived-the Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester County, Washington, D.C., the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, a small village and small city in Germany, Tokyo-and some of the places I have visited for work or pleasure-the Catskill mountains, the American West, Vietnam, Bali, East Africa, France and England. It describes those places as natural and social ecologies. And finally, the book is about the harm we humans are wreaking on the places we inhabit, including the planet which is our only home.

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Philip Shabecoff was the chief environmental correspondent for the "New York Times" for fourteen of the thirty-two years he worked there as a reporter. After leaving the "Times", he founded and published Greenwire, an online daily digest of environmental news. He has appeared on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, Washington Week in Review, CNN News, C-Span, National Public Radio, and the BBC. For his environmental writing, Shabecoff was selected as one of the Global 500 by the United Nations Environment Programme. He received the James Madison Award from the American Library Association for leadership in expanding the public's right to know. His previous books include "A Fierce Green Fire: A History of the American Environmental Movement.
Published December 6, 2012 by Becket Mountain Books. 284 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.

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Environmental writer Shabecoff's (A Fierce Green Fire, 2003, etc.) memoir is informed by his passionate, decades-old interest in the natural (and sometimes urban) environment—what it means to us and how humans have worked assiduously to destroy it.

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