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The Control of Nature


Concentrating on three contemporary stories of peoples battling against the earth and its elements, this book examines humankind's attempts to tame ... Show synopsis

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  • Why do these things keep happening? Jul 9, 2009
    by TCoz

    Wonder about floods in New Orleans and the fires in LA? This book explains so much about the cycles of water and fire that man is trying to control. Mother Nature always wins!

  • Trying to Control Nature Jun 18, 2009
    by kshimata

    This was my first McPhee book & now I'm hooked. Writing in a conversational voice, he takes us on three journeys: the lower Mississippi, Iceland & Los Angeles. He describes three different conflicts between man & nature, each lasting over an extended period of time. He gradually provides more information until you grasp the complex situation & appreciate the irony of the title. Highly recommended.

  • The control of observation Jan 8, 2009
    by Haribed

    John McPhee again presents arcane biology/geology to the masses with an infectious enthusiam and deep respect for his subjects; both human and Nature. Well researched and with a beautiful writing style that speeds along without ever losing the reader in his desire to clarify, amplify and educate. The creator of "literary journalism", McPhee is an extraordinary, necessary and great seer.

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