Wild at Heart: America's Relationship with Nature, from Exploitation to Redemption
Through a narrative that roams in unexpected directions through surprising details and history, then periodically grounds itself by looping back to her own family before it soars off again, Alice Outwater’s infectiously readable Wild at Heart captures the essence of ecology: Everything is connected, and every connection leads to ourselves.
— Alan Weisman, author, The World Without Us and Countdown
Wild at Heart is a concise portrait of nothing less than America’s relationship with nature. In twelve eloquent chapters Alice Outwater escorts us from the 18th century's tribes through colonialism and westward expansion, the debacles of our increasingly short-sighted industrialism, the conservation victories of the 1960’s and ‘70s, and the tenuous balance achieved. A vital work by an exceptionally level-headed, Earth-aware writer.
-David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and The River Why