By Edward Abbey
Why this book?
Anarchist and eco-activist Edward Abbey spent a season working as a park ranger in Arches National Monument, Utah, in the 1950s. His account of solitary life in the desert has become a classic of nature writing, a passionate, and often angry, defence of the wilderness he sees vanishing from the American West as civilisation encroaches on every side. One memorable chapter describes a boat journey down the pristine river of Glen Canyon months before it is destroyed by the Glen Canyon Dam, now one of the largest reservoirs in the United States.
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