Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature. Jordan Fisher Smith.

Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature

Crown:
New York: 2016
First edition, Hardcover, New in dust jacket,
370 pp.
Cover artwork by: Elena Giavaldi

Was $28.00. “The fascinating story of a trial that opened a window onto the century-long battle to control nature in the national parks. When twenty-five-year-old Harry Walker was killed by a bear in Yellowstone Park in 1972, the civil trial prompted by his death became a proxy for bigger questions about American wilderness management that had been boiling for a century. At immediate issue was whether the Park Service should have done more to keep bears away from humans, but what was revealed as the trial unfolded was just how fruitless our efforts to regulate nature in the parks had always been. The proceedings drew to the witness stand some of the most important figures in twentieth century wilderness management, including the eminent zoologist A. Starker Leopold, who had produced a landmark conservationist document in the 1950s, and all-American twin researchers John and Frank Craighead, who ran groundbreaking bear studies at Yellowstone. Their testimony would help decide whether the government owed the Walker family restitution for Harry's death, but it would also illuminate decades of patchwork efforts to preserve an idea of nature that had never existed in the first place.” #58317

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