The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

Paperback Sierra Club Books Publication

By (author) Wendell Berry

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  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books
  • Format: Paperback | 246 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 18mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: San Francisco
  • ISBN 10: 0871568772
  • ISBN 13: 9780871568779
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 127,531

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Since its publication by Sierra Club Books in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. In it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Today’s agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families. As a result, we as a nation are more estranged from the land?from the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it. Sadly, as Berry notes in his Afterword to this third edition, his arguments and observations are more relevant than ever. We continue to suffer loss of community, the devaluation of human work, and the destruction of nature under an economic system dedicated to the mechanistic pursuit of products and profits. Although ?this book has not had the happy fate of being proved wrong,” Berry writes, there are good people working ?to make something comely and enduring of our life on this earth.” Wendell Berry is one of those people, writing and working, as ever, with passion, eloquence, and conviction.

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In The Unsettling of America Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Today's agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families, and as a nation we are thus more estranged from the land - from the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it. Sadly, as Berry notes in the afterword to this new edition, his arguments and observations are still relevant today. We continue to suffer loss of community, the devaluation of human work, and the destruction of nature under an economics dedicated to the mechanistic pursuit of products and profits.