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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (49 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Brinkley Narrator: Andrew Garman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9780062027184
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In this fascinating follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Wilderness Warrior, acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley offers a riveting, expansive look at the past and present battle to preserve Alaska’s wilderness. Brinkley explores the colorful diversity of Alaska’s wildlife, arrays the forces that have wreaked havoc on its primeval arctic refuge—from Klondike Gold Rush prospectors to environmental disasters like the Exxon-Valdez oil spill—and documents environmental heroes from Theodore Roosevelt to Dwight Eisenhower and beyond. Not merely a record of Alaska’s past, Quiet World is a compelling call-to-arms for sustainability, conservationism, and conscientious environmental stewardship—a warning that the land once called Seward’s Folly may go down in history as America’s Greatest Mistake.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brinkley carves well-known figures with the tools of a skilled biographer...This volume is required reading for anyone even mildly interested in the antecedents to US environmental policy in the twenty-first century.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An important book.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “A very readable history of the preservationist movement across the nation.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A richly detailed, passionate and partisan account...In lush prose, [Brinkley] captures Alaska’s pristine beauty.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “In Brinkley’s hands, the still-raging battle to save Alaska’s wild character is riveting.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Garman brings alive the voices of those who sought to protect Alaska wildness, including Theodore Roosevelt’s urgings to President Howard Taft to bring corporate “power to heel” and John Muir’s religious overtones when speaking of his beloved Glacier Bay...[An] engaging production.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Brinkley’s Alaskan history and pantheon of valiant conservationists is boldly original, enlightening, enthralling, and profoundly moving.

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Brinkley delivers a vigorous, thorough survey of Alaska’s natural splendors, from John Muir’s first treks into Glacier Bay in 1879 to President Eisenhower’s establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Range in 1960...[He] skillfully conveys how the natural beauty of Alaska worked its magic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 10/24/2013

    " Not only a great history of conservation in Alaska, but also a good recounting of conservation nationwide. Great profile of important people in the movement along the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Flatley | 10/23/2013

    " Astonishing read.....highly, highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 12/23/2012

    " Dry but informative. I enjoyed the section about William O. Douglas's role in protecting the environment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 9/22/2011

    " I truly enjoyed The Quiet World. Detailed stories about the great conservationists of our recent past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dariggle | 6/28/2011

    " The history of conservation in America explained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 1/27/2011

    " Dry but informative. I enjoyed the section about William O. Douglas's role in protecting the environment. "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.He has published several essays on Carter’s post-presidency, which have appeared in World Policy Journal, Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic History, and the New Orleans Review.

About the Narrator

Andrew Garman is a television, film, and voice actor. His acting credits include the film Julie & Julia and appearances the television series Law & Order, Mercy, and Conviction. Among his audiobook narrations are Arcadia by Lauren Groff, Simply from Scratch by Alicia Bessette, and Love Is a Canoe by Ben Schrank, among others.