The Quiet World by Douglas Brinkley
Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960

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In this fascinating follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Wilderness Warrior, acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley offers a riveting, expansive look at the past and present battle to preserve Alaska’s wilderness. Brinkley explores the colorful diversity of Alaska’s wildlife, arrays the forces that have wreaked havoc on its primeval arctic refuge—from Klondike Gold Rush prospectors to environmental disasters like the Exxon-Valdez oil spill—and documents environmental heroes from Theodore Roosevelt to Dwight Eisenhower and beyond. Not merely a record of Alaska’s past, Quiet World is a compelling call-to-arms for sustainability, conservationism, and conscientious environmental stewardship—a warning that the land once called Seward’s Folly may go down in history as America’s Greatest Mistake.
 

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Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The Chicago Tribune has dubbed him "America's new past master," and six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His recent The Wilderness Warrior won the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature and the National Outdoor Book Award. The Great Deluge, his account of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children.
 
Published January 18, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 592 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Roosevelt’s Bull Moose agenda inspired other progressives like Charles Sheldon, who fought to save the Denali wilderness as part of his work for the U.S. Biological Survey, and William Temple Hornaday, head of the Bronx Zoo and author of Our Vanishing Wild Life (1913).

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New York Journal of Books

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In the end, the need for places where there are no roads, no manmade noises, no extraction of resources (no matter how valuable) becomes compelling and wins out over corporate interests which, by their very nature, have no soul and must produce today what might better be produced tomorrow or not ...

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Fresh off his 800-plus-page Theodore Roosevelt biography, "Wilderness Warrior," historian Douglas Brinkley tackles eight decades of American conservation history in "The Quiet World: Saving Alaska's Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960".

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Christian Science Monitor

The first was Brinkley’s critically acclaimed “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America,” the story of how TR brought a green ethic to the White House and stood up to robber barons.

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Christian Science Monitor

The third and final book will come out in 2014, on the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act being passed (also led by citizen activists with ties to Alaska).

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Dallas News

The complexities of national politics and economics — which now include Alaska as part of larger national issues than when it was a separate concern — tend to fog over more specific worries about wildlife and natural wilderness.

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San Francisco Chronicle

FILE - In this undated file photo, a polar bear is shown in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

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Oregon Live

While Douglas wrote elegantly of the wonders of nature in his 30 books and countless articles, he was also, according to Brinkley, "a pragmatist, not a dreamer" when it came to the politics of wilderness.

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Chron.com

The answer is on page 332, where Brinkley describes how Ansel Adams and his son, Michael, captured the magnificent photograph of Mount McKinley that is reproduced on the book’s inside covers: “A near silence peculiar to Alaska permeated the air — a vibrating, void-like hum.” Anyone who has expe...

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Bookmarks Magazine

A professor of American history at Rice University, Douglas Brinkley has written books on a wide variety of historical subjects.

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Alaska Dispatch

In "The Quiet World," historian Douglas Brinkley pens an epic about America's Far North -- you know, the place Sarah Palin is from.

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Statesman.com

One of them is Charles Sheldon, a suave Easterner whose studies of birds and mammals taught him that life is so hard in Alaska that some species require what Brinkley calls "huge tracts of habitat" to survive.

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