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Confessions of an Eco-Warrior

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A book that will set the course for the environmental movement for years to come, Confessions of an Eco-Warrior is an inspiring ecological call to arms by America's foremost and most controversial environmental activist. "Rude and brilliant. Read it and you will see the future."--William Kittredge.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 2nd 1993 by Crown Publishing Group (NY) (first published 1991)
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Cwn_annwn_13
Dec 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Before they were taken over by politically correct left coast weenies Foremans Earth First! was a very cool thing. They were "redneck hippies" who had a love for American wilderness and took radical steps to conserve it. Written after the FBI's attempt to set him up on bogus charges and after he left EF! Foreman lays out his ideas on conservation/ecology and his reflections on his life and times in the environmental movement. There is an emphasis on the wilderness in the western United States wi ...more
Michael Graber
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is the most fervent call-to-action to change our mindset and restore the planet to health. there is a great mix of passion and reason, science and sociology, history and vision. If I were going toteach and environmental literature, this book would be the first book read.
Virginia Arthur
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I ran into this book when the "environmental movement" was transitioning in this country from one driven by passion to one driven by the new "professionalism" (i.e. the institutionalization of the dampening and shaming of passion). It was comforting and was, and still is, right on.

It is the "professionalizing" of many "environmental groups" that allows them to rationalize the
warping of their missions such as rationalizing drilling on preserves, allowing snow machines,
hunting, "consensus building
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Will
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A really sane explanation of the biocentric viewpoint, and the urgency of bottom-line defense of the defenseless.
Claudia Yahany
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Al principio el autor describe que lo único importante es cuidar la naturaleza salvaje. No creo que no sea importante (evidentemente es más importante que cualquier interés económico o político), pero definitivamente no es lo único importante. Tampoco justifica todas las acciones.
Estoy segura que hay otros caminos, empezando por extender las historias a todos y no nada más a los fanáticos. Esto no es una revolución, es un para siempre.

Kathy Harget
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
As an activist, Foreman has done it all - he's chained himself to machinery meant to destroy forests, he spent years wearing a tie and lobbying in Washington, he started Earth First! His passion is contagious in this account of everything from the history of conservationism/environmentalism to his personal/professional journey to why many people think about tree spiking when they hear about Earth First! I kinda fell in love with him and wanted to go live in a tree for a spell after reading this. ...more
Mj
May 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Reading Confessions of an Eco-Warrior, the manifesto of Earth First! co-founder Dave Foreman, published twenty-five years ago, is like reading the frantic time capsule of someone who does not think anyone will be able to discover this capsule in the future. It's a bizarre, heartfelt plea to save the world when it may already be too late.

And still, here we are a quarter century later, with many of the same worries on our minds. There is danger out there, but Foreman relies so much on passion that
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Monica
Apr 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Dave Foreman is one of the founders of the environmental group Earth First! and co-editor of Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching. The FBI arrested Foreman in 1989 for various felony charges stemming from his environmental activism, including “causing potential damage to humans.” He denied the charges but plead guilty to lesser charges and was given a suspended sentence. He is no longer involved with Earth First!

In his book Confessions of an Eco-Warrior Dave Foreman is very up front wit
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Radiantflux
22nd book for 2016.

In this collection of essays, Foreman recounts the founding and rationale behind the environmental group Earth First!, the arguments for and against the necessity and usefulness of monkey-wrenching, and in the final chapter the reasons behind his leaving the group some years later. Although Earth First! has a reputation for extremism, Foreman (at least) comes across as a rational calm voice in an insane and corrupt society hellbent of destroying what little wilderness is left
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Christopher
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A well-organized ramble (yes, that's what I mean) by one of the most out-spoken environmental advocates of the past forty years. I thought this book might be entirely about monkeywrenching, as that's what many people think of when they hear Earth First! mentioned. However, Foreman does an excellent job of discussing environmentalism from an historical perspective and offering solutions and ideas for what to do about the enduring ecological crisis. This is a great book and one I'll re-read many t ...more
Hal
Aug 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read these essays when they were first published in the Earth First! Journal. They pushed me back into environmental activism.
David Mysky
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I want to read it again.
marvin
Mar 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Canvassers extroidanaire
My friend Ben gave me this followed up by Monkey Wrench Gang. This is a lethal dose and will give one the urge to burn and destroy things that should not be.
Geoff Settles
Oct 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
History of the start of EarthFirst!. I don't agree with everything said but very smart arguments for drawing a distinct line in the sand when it comes to defending nature.
John Jacobi
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book as a necessary supplement to Martha Lee's "Earth First!: Environmental Apocalypse."
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