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The Thoreau You Don't Know: What the Prophet of Environmentalism Really Meant

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Robert Sullivan

Sullivan (Rats) weaves biography and American history in this playful attempt to recast Thoreau as more a complex (and convivial) creature than a dour and ascetic environmentalist and anarchical loner. The book may stir controversy among those who have … see full wiki

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Author: Robert Sullivan
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: Harper
2 reviews about The Thoreau You Don't Know: What the Prophet...
review by . May 25, 2009
To read this book rightly, you have to ignore the title. It's a publisher's gimmick, as far as I can tell, designed to make this book about an old dead guy (not just any old dead guy, but still...) sound like it's saying something new, something that hasn't been said, and something relevant to contemporary environmentalism. There is a bit of all that in here, of course. There is the debunking of popular myths about Thoreau the hermit, the recluse, the radical, the tree hugger, the extreme survivalist. …
review by . March 08, 2009
Well reserached book that fills in any details you might find lacking in your general knowlege about Thoreau. In fact, almost too many details for me to keep floating in my head. But you will not want for information after reading Sullivan's work, though occasionally it was a bit too much almost to the point of rambling. Language is breezey and Sullivan managed to not only discuss Thoreau, but many of his contemporaries are also described at length. In addition, there are tid-bits about modern day …
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