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!
Jun 18, 2009
Trying to Control Nature
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.
Jan 8, 2009
The control of observation
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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