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The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism

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The Bulldozer in the Countryside is the first scholarly history of efforts to reduce the environmental costs of suburban development in the United States. The book offers a new account of two of the most important historical events in the period since World War II--the mass migration to the suburbs and the rise of the environmental movement. This work offers a valuable his ...more
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published April 16th 2001 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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The book paints capitalism as the problem and government as the solution. Tucked away on page 190 he briefly mentions that many of the problems created by sprawl were originally government solutions. Keynesian economics do not work! It only perpetuates the problem until the only way anyone can do anything is with government help (loans/grants/regulations).
A dense, informative, extensively footnoted history of the relationship between post-WWII suburbanization and the American environmental movement. Beginning with the return of the GIs from the war, and the huge demand for housing they put on an already undersupplied market, the book details almost three decades' worth of conflict between an American population expanding faster than its ability to plan its growth and the physical environment their expansion inevitably brought them up against.

Adam Rome’s recent work The Bulldozer in the Countryside chronicles the rise of modern American Environmentalism in strict correlation with the advent of urban and suburban sprawl. In doing so, he does what many environmental theorists address only in the abstract or outright ignore: the strict connection between economics and environmentalism. The end result is an easy to read, well organized and compelling compendium of the late 20th century’s environmental movement that is grounded not in uto ...more
Mathew Powers
By and large, I liked this book and think it does well to explain the connections between the housing industry and the overall culture of the US, notably the change from Progressive Era type conservationism to war-time conservationism, to the environmental movements. As well, the history of the housing market, air conditioning, ecology, and other factors are all good.

However, there were factors that were not discussed, such as the blight and gentrification of urban cities that helped push people
Michelle Enfield
An amazing and accessible look at the rise of environmentalism in the United States.
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