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William E. Colby Memorial Library

Reading Lists: Environmental Classics

Environmental Classics

  • Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness.

  • Abbey, Edward. The Monkey Wrench Gang.

  • Adams, Ansel and Nancy Newhall. This is the American Earth.

  • Berry, Thomas. The Dream of the Earth.

  • Berry, Wendell. Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture.

  • Brower, David. For Earth's Sake.

  • Brower, David. Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run: A Call to Those Who Would Save the Earth.

  • Brower, David. Work in Progress.

  • Brower, David. Not Man Apart: Lines from Robinson Jeffers, Photos of the Big Sur Coast by Ansel Adams [and others].

  • Brown, Lester & Worldwatch Institute Staff. State of the World.

  • Burroughs, John. Accepting the Universe: Essays in Naturalism.

  • Cahn, Robert. Footprints on the Planet: A Search for an Environmental Ethic.

  • Calvin, William. The River that Flows Uphill: A Journey from the Big Bang to the Big Brain.

  • Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring.

  • Carson, Rachel. The Edge of the Sea.

  • Carson, Rachel. The Sea Around Us.

  • Commoner, Barry. The Closing Circle: Nature, Man and Technology.

  • Dasmann, R.F. Environmental Conservation.

  • Duvall, Bill. Deep Ecology.

  • Eisley, Loren. The Immense Journey.

  • Ehrlich, Anne, Ehrlich, Paul & Holdren, John. Ecoscience: Population, Resources, and Environment.

  • Ehrlich, Paul. The Population Bomb.

  • Fox, Steven. John Muir and His Legacy (The American Conservation Movement).

  • Friends of the Earth. Progress as if Survival Mattered.

  • Gilliam, Harold. Island in Time: The Point Reyes Peninsula.

  • Lappe, Frances Moore. Diet for a Small Planet.

  • Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac.

  • Lovins, Amory. Soft Energy Paths.

  • Luten, David C. Progress Against Growth.

  • Marsh, George Perkins. Man and Nature.

  • McPhee, John. Encounters with the Archdruid.

  • Muir, John. A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf.

  • Muir, John. John Muir's Last Journey: South to the Amazon and East to Africa.

  • Muir, John. Mountains of California.

  • Muir, John. My First Summer in the Sierra.

  • Muir, John. The Mountains Of California.

  • Muir, John. The Yosemite.

  • Muir, John. Travels in Alaska.

  • Nash, Roderick. Wilderness and the American Mind.

  • Pinchot, Gifford. Breaking New Ground.

  • Reisner, Marc. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water.

  • Sax, Joseph. Mountains Without Handrails: Reflections on the National Parks.

  • Schell, Jonathan. The Fate of the Earth.

  • Schumacher, E.F. Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered.

  • Seuss, Dr. The Lorax.

  • Stegner, Wallace. Beyond the Hundredth Meridian.

  • Stegner, Wallace. The American West as Living Space.

  • Stegner, Wallace. Where the Bluebird Sings.

  • Stegner, Wallace. Wolf Willow.

  • Thompson, Lewis. The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher.

  • Thoreau, Henry David. Walden.

  • Udall, Stewart. The Quiet Crisis.

  • Wayburn, Peggy. Edge of Life.

  • Wilson, Edward O. The Diversity of Life.

  • World Commission on Environment and Development. Our Common Future.

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