Preservation by Peter Svenson

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The author lives on and farms a field that was the site of an American Civil War battle. He starts this book with the idea of preserving a battlefield and other Civil War monuments, questioning what is being memorialized both physically and morally. He then moves onto the idea of saving the farmland surrounding his own land that, without intervention, will probably be sold for development. Interspersed is a memoir in which Svenson evokes and thereby preserves his best self at a variety of ages and contemplates how these selves are incorporated into the middle-aged man he is today. Graceful, impassioned and highly personal, this book is a call to appreciate what needs to be preserved in the world and in the self.

About Peter Svenson

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Peter Svenson is a writer and painter who lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore. His most recent book, Green Shingles: At the Edge of Chesapeake Bay, is also available in paperback from Johns Hopkins.
Published June 1, 1994 by Faber & Faber. 190 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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