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Cities in the Wilderness: A New Vision of Land Use in America

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  55 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A visionary strategy for the future, a call for land use planning as a national priority. In this brilliant, gracefully written, and important new book, former Secretary of the Interior and Governor of Arizona Bruce Babbitt brings fresh thought - and fresh air - to questions of how we can build a future we want to live in. We've all experienced America's changing natural l ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 26th 2005 by Island Press (first published August 1st 2005)
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Marc Brackett
Aug 29, 2012 Marc Brackett rated it did not like it
Had high hopes for this book but it turned into a manual for how to use3 the power of government to coerce others into doing what you want them to. No mention of conservation oriented groups that build relationships with other users and create lasting changes in public opinion that advance the greater good. The whole approach was heavy headed and the book was perhaps sadly accurate in giving an honest assessment of how matters were settled. The book also ignores a growing body of evidence that s ...more
Terry Gleason
Jan 16, 2016 Terry Gleason rated it really liked it
Good lessons learned
Zachary Wilson
Nov 06, 2010 Zachary Wilson rated it it was amazing
I'd never heard of Bruce Babbitt before but he is a real visionary on issues of land use in the United States. I can only hope our current Secretary of the Interior is doing as much as he did.
Jan 03, 2008 Martha rated it liked it
Great Book for people wanting to learn more about environmental policy at the Federal level. Very readable even though the topic is hard to get your hands around.
Feb 06, 2008 Clay rated it really liked it
Hopeful and realistic. Babbitt reveals his work, battles won and lost, as Secretary of Interior under Clinton. Really well written.
Philip Russo
Apr 01, 2013 Philip Russo rated it really liked it
A fascinating book about the earlier days of environmental protection in the US written by one the titans of that era.
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looks really interesting. never read just quick skims
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Jun 18, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
Exciting. My first foray into land conservation.
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