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Diary of an Eco-Outlaw: An Unreasonable Woman Breaks the Law for Mother Earth

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Diane Wilson is an activist, shrimper, and all around hell-raiser whose first book, "An Unreasonable Woman," told of her battle to save her bay in Seadrift, Texas. Back then, she was an accidental activist who worked with whistleblowers, organized protests, and eventually sunk her own boat to stop the plastic-manufacturing giant Formosa from releasing dangerous chemicals i ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published April 7th 2011 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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Gretchen Kruesi
Fabulous book. A quick and easy read. It captures Diane's story and her passion fighting for what we all believe in - that our health, communities and environment shouldn't be destroyed because of a corrupt system and greed of corporations.

Some of my favorite quotes:

•The last thing I remembered saying was that reasonable women adapt to the world and unreasonable women make the world adapt to them. And we need more unreasonable women

• No government in the world, he said, could stand up to a popu
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Anastasia
Let there be no doubt that Diane Wilson is a plucky, tough, and brave woman. I'm glad environmentalists have her on our side and reading about her antics is both entertaining and despairing. Diane freely admits that she's allergic to planning and that even before giving an important talk, she doesn't make any notes or plan what to say. Her writing reflects that. She is charming and uses a lot of interesting phrases but tell a detailed linear story she cannot.

Sometimes her writing is just unclea
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Linda
In a way, Diary of an Eco-Outlaw could be any woman’s story. A newspaper article and a telephone call changed the course of Diane Wilson's life.

Readers you are about to become Diane Wilson’s time- traveling companion as you go back in time and accompany her to places near and far while carrying on a conversation that lasts for 243 pages.

Diary of an Eco-Outlaw recounts several interwoven stories involving Union Carbide, former Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson, Texas jails, former Vice Presid
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Cristie
I definitely enjoyed this book (maybe 3.5 stars if Goodreads would let me do that). I like hearing about strong-minded women who decide to do something to change the world. I think the reason I didn't like it more is just that Wilson's narrative style isn't quite what I go for - it's pretty chatty, and sometimes felt like it was trying a little too hard to be conversational and funny. Also, while I really liked the topics, the storyline jumped back and forth between many different activism issue ...more
Janice
This author is crazy brave, I admire her tenacity taking on corporate polluters.
Charles
Good book, quick read. Diane is a brave woman fighting the good fight. The book ends rather abruptly, though. But we definitely need more people like her in this world.
Marjorie Elwood
I'm not sure this was the intent of the book, but the author did make me laugh with her antics and her utter lack of planning. Her passion shines through and she supports causes that are vital to our survival (she lives in one of the most chemically contaminated counties in the U.S.).
Vicki B.
At first I was unsure because I'm not much for non-fiction being written in colloquial language but once I got to know the author's character itwouldnt have made sense any other way. The last paragraph of the book is bby far the best. I have a new hero and its Diane Wilson!
Howard
i don't know what to say. there are brave people, soldiers, martyrs, heroes - then there is this person. i don't know how she keeps going, but we sure need her.
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