The Control of Nature

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The author's bestselling account of places in the world where people have been engaged in all-out-battles with nature. In Louisiana, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has declared war on the lower Mississippi Ribver, which threatens to follow a new route to the sea and cut off New Orlenas and Baton Rouge from the rest of the United Stastes. Icelanders confront flowing red lava in an attempt to save a crucial harbor. In Los Angeles, basins are built to catch devastating debris flows from the San Gabriel Mountains. Taking readers deep into these contested terrains, John McPhee details the strategies and tactics through which people attempt to control nature. Most striking is his depiction of the main contestants: nature in complex and awesome guises, and those attempting to wrest control froml her - stubborn, sometimes foolhardy, more often ingenious, always arresting characters. 272p.

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