Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Coyotes and Town Dogs: Earth First! and the Environmental Movement” as Want to Read:
Coyotes and Town Dogs: Earth First! and the Environmental Movement
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Coyotes and Town Dogs: Earth First! and the Environmental Movement

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  73 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
From tree-spiking old-growth forests to "cracking" desert dams, Earth First! redefined environmentalism in America. Susan Zakin's fast-paced tale of these scruffy radicals and their suit-and-tie counterparts in Washington, D.C., has been described as an unholy marriage of Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe. The hipster cowboys who founded Earth First! were the first people t ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by University of Arizona Press (first published 1993)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Coyotes and Town Dogs, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Coyotes and Town Dogs

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 139)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jan 24, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
Susan Zakin really got to know the key players in the early EF! movment, and tells us about their lives in great detail--sometimes too much, as it can be hard to remember all the names involved through the decades that this book covers. It inspires me to get more active in the movement and gives some good monkeywrenching ideas. There's a long chapter on Ed Abbey, in which I learned about his sexist tendencies, but through it all he's still an utterly likeable person. Hoping for an EF! resurgence ...more
Nov 09, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
Pull up some survey stakes, drink a beer, and read this book.

Zakin spins an entertaining story of the rise and ultimate fall from grace of one of the most influential environmental organizations of our time. The book emphasis is clearly on Foreman and his cronies and their hard-drinking, take-no-prisoner stand on protecting wilderness. If you're interested in a detailed look inside the personalities that created and shaped Earth First!, then this is your book.
Feb 23, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it
Susan Zakin should be commended for tackling this project. For most organizations, writing a corporate history is fairly straightforward. But Earth First! wasnât just any organization, it was a movement with roots in anarchism, creating a nearly impossible task for the historian. The challenge is to capture on paper the events of a loose group of people who defied stereotypes, despised structure, and were spread over half of the continental United States. Zakin achieves this by producing a colle ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this book about Earth First! and the history of legislative action and renegade action in the US in the late 60s, 70s, and 80s. This is very recent history that has huge ramifications for what is even still happening in public lands and just around them...Canyonlands and oil drilling for example today. Highly recommended book, it may be over 400 pages, but the prose and stories jump right along. It's fresh, vigorous writing that mirrors the Buckaroos of the movement.
Jun 02, 2014 Scott rated it liked it
Entertaining and illuminating about the dynamics of the environmental movement of the 1980s. The book does suffer a bit from the selective research and clear biases of the author.
Dec 13, 2008 Cwn_annwn_13 rated it really liked it
Very good history of Earth First! before they got taken over by politically correct left coast weenies. Earth First! was very cool back in the day and they got things done without compromise when mainstream conservation groups couldn't or wouldn't. Lots of interesting stuff on Dave Foreman and other well known Earth Firsters as well as other environmental groups and activists, plus info on the Judi Barr bombing as well as the FBI's methods of infiltration when they targetted Dave Foreman in thei ...more
Aug 17, 2008 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Out of all the inspiring literature that exists for environmentalists, this is one that I consider the best. Susan Zakin's account of the genesis of the Earthfirst movement is thorough and even handed without being dogmatic. Her writing is engaging, funny, and fits well with the feel of the movement. The focus of the book is 1970s-1980s EarthFirst before it became a totally lame skeleton of what it once was. Definite must read for anyone who cares about preserving wild America.
Nov 07, 2008 Harper rated it liked it
dropped this one too when i went away from the summer. it's a very good history of how the American environmental movement formed in the last half of the 20th century. it addresses the role of enviornmentalists in affecting environmental policy. I hope to finish it sometime but my room mate just moved and took it with him.
Apr 28, 2014 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, natural-history
the writing crackles but the subject gets depressing as everybody gets bogged down by personal politics and the effort becomes ineffectual.
Jan 05, 2008 Shawn rated it liked it
This is a good account of some of the main characters involved in the Earth First! movement see Dave Foreman.
Dave Cozzens
Oct 19, 2009 Dave Cozzens rated it really liked it

Interesting expose on the drug and alcohol driven environmental movement and its flawed heroes.
Bridgitte marked it as to-read
May 25, 2016
Scott marked it as to-read
May 20, 2016
Courtney Carlson
Courtney Carlson marked it as to-read
May 15, 2016
Loretta marked it as to-read
Apr 23, 2016
Curt Foxley
Curt Foxley rated it it was ok
Apr 21, 2016
Derek Donwerth
Derek Donwerth rated it it was ok
Apr 17, 2016
Samantha Brasher
Samantha Brasher marked it as to-read
Apr 09, 2016
Elsa Alho
Elsa Alho marked it as to-read
Apr 05, 2016
Dave marked it as to-read
Mar 07, 2016
Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith rated it really liked it
Feb 27, 2016
Edalin marked it as to-read
Feb 17, 2016
Virginia Arthur
Virginia Arthur marked it as to-read
Feb 14, 2016
Gary rated it really liked it
Feb 12, 2016
Karen marked it as to-read
Jan 24, 2016
Jason Feldman
Jason Feldman marked it as to-read
Jan 17, 2016
Scott Miller
Scott Miller rated it liked it
Jan 18, 2016
Pete marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book