Grassland: The History, Biology, Politics, And Promise Of The American Prairie

The past, present, and future story of the Western and Midwestern grasslands 40% of our country and of our own place in this land In addressing one of today s hottest environmental topics, award winning journalist Manning shows how the grass is not only our last connection to the natural world but a vital link to our own prehistoric roots.
Grassland The History Biology Politics And Promise Of The American Prairie The past present and future story of the Western and Midwestern grasslands % of our country and of our own place in this land In addressing one of today s hottest environmental topics award winni

  • Title: Grassland: The History, Biology, Politics, And Promise Of The American Prairie
  • Author: Richard Manning
  • ISBN: 9780670853427
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Grassland: The History, Biology, Politics, And Promise Of The American Prairie”

    1. This book sat on my shelf for nearly a decade and I am so glad I finally cracked it. Manning explores North America's most misunderstood, maligned and ravaged ecosystem by turns, starting with long (geologic) and then short (after people arrived) history and how the humans who lived in the prairie regions have irrevocably transformed it by the way they've chosen to live there, starting with (possibly) the extinction of the woolly mammoths and other large predatory game around the time the glacie [...]

    2. I grew up across the street from a hardwood forest in Michigan. When my family visited relatives in North Dakota, the vast wide open grasslands seemed so dry, empty, sad. I just read Richard Manning’s book Grassland, and it was most illuminating — every chapter was rich with information that was new to me, and important to understand. This book changed the way I think. There are four biomes in the ecosphere: tundra, forest, grassland, and desert. Grasslands typically receive 10 to 30 inches [...]

    3. I first came across Richard Manning when Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization jumped out at me from the "agriculture is bad" section of the Mudd's wonderful third floor. Manning makes the "agriculture is bad" argument deftly in that book, covering each aspect thoroughly but quickly, with a deep understanding of his sources, and he provided me with probably the best reading list I've found in a single book. I knew there was something special about him then, but I didn't fo [...]

    4. I read this book as an assignment in a class I am taking at JCCC called ‘Natural History of Kansas.’ The book is a manifesto by Richard Manning that chronicles the demise of the grasslands that once covered much of the central USA. Less than 4% of the grassland that once covered the land still exists today. Manning transitions his story by following a Bull Elks 1800 mile graze from the Sweet Grass Hills of Montana down the Missouri River to Independence Missouri. The travels are believed to [...]

    5. A most interesting piece on the prairie. Manning believes that the Eastern yeoman farmers, coming as they did from a place dominated by trees, never understood the place. Of course, generally speaking, people have often understood too little too late about their environments

    6. I read this book when we first moved to Kansas and so it was all new to me and I found it facinating. I especially liked how it covered so many areas - it gave me a good introduction.

    7. Another good book about grasslands and the Prairie, though less poetic and less humorous than Ian Frazier's Great Plains. However, the book had a stronger political position than Frazier's or other books about the Plains I've read so far. And that position argued for an appreciation of nomadic lives (often inspired, if not dictacted, by the terrain of grasslands). Furthermore, Manning celebrates the spreading of the grasslands (as they are supposed to in the Plains region) in opposition to the J [...]

    8. Manning is a journalist who seems to be quite knowledgeable about the American prairies. His bibliography lists many books on the subject. His land ownership testifies to his love of the prairie. His interviews and trips verify his professionalism. He explains the origin of grasslands and the animals native to it. Then he describes the livelihood of the native Americans, the invasion of Europeans and their conversion of the prairie to plowed fields. He advocates returning the land from plowed fi [...]

    9. Meh. I can't say much since I only got 60 or so pages through this before it was due, and I am really not interested in whatever else Manning eventually covers in the book. Up to where I read this book is written very much like how I would expect a journalist to write book: interesting ideas not terribly well researched with a peppering of sketches of the diverse types of people living in the Western U.S. prairie. This book may be nominally interesting to those totally unfamiliar with Western U. [...]

    10. One of my favorite books on agriculture so far. This book is a hard read, in that it is LOADED with historical facts in between the philosophical and poetic preaching of Richard Manning. Just when you start to get a flow or pace going, he slaps you in the face with a different era or a different civilization to learn about. Very intelligent, almost too much for such a simple title. But I give it five stars because it's facts are entertaining and though it is a one sided book, it's worth the read [...]

    11. A well-researched and exquisitely written argument for the return of the prairie, the original ecosystem of the western two-thirds of the US. When we replaced the bison with European bovine and took the steel plow to the grassland, it was no less a natural disaster than when chainsaws are taken to the rainforest.

    12. Manning's dramatic prose describes the troubled history that brought about the loss of one of our most symbolic landscapes and recent attempts at restoration.

    13. I loved this book. Lots of useful and interesting information about America's grasslands, their history, and their future. Very reader friendly. I would highly recommend this book!

    14. Fascinating and strongly written, from one of our bast writers on the environment and the changes we wreak upon it.

    15. Indispensable. How industrial man wreaked havoc on the grassland prairies of the American west. And solutions.

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