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Larrabee, Aimee, and John Altman

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ISBN 10: 1586631349 / ISBN 13: 9781586631345
Published by Friedman / Fairfax Publishers, New York, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Foreword by Lyle Lovett. Oblong 4to. Mustard cloth with silver spine titles. Illustrated end papers. 144 pages, with Bibliography and Index. Illustrated with color and b/w photographic images. No names or marks. Illustrated dust-jacket (with price intact) has slight crimping along top of front panel and slight wear on corners, else Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 2281

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Publisher: Friedman / Fairfax Publishers, New York

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: very good +

Edition: First edition.

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From the formation of this "sea of grass" to the settlers who worked the prairie, this history interweaves the natural and human elements that made the grasslands what they are today. Although this terrain has become our greatest hope for survival--miraculously absorbing and transforming pollution into food for the grasses and, eventually, for humans--no ecosystem faces more danger. What can we do to conserve this special landscape? Through copious illustrations and sidebars taken from diaries, letters, folk tales, music, poetry, recollections, interviews, and other writings, follow the relationship between Americans and the "fruited plains": the European immigrants who broke the land with the plow; the Indians who first inhabited the range; the cowboys and cowgirls who loved the open skies; and the lives of modern-day ranchers.

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Filmmakers Larrabee and Altman supply an achingly beautiful companion book to their acclaimed PBS documentary Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie. Designated as the "most endangered ecosystem in North America," the tallgrass prairie has diminished to only five percent of its original size. Supporting a wide variety of increasingly endangered plants and animals, and providing a necessary source of nutrients and air purity, the grasslands are the object of massive preservation efforts by contemporary environmentalists. In addition to examining the natural and scientific significance of the prairie's unique ecology, the authors also analyze the profound effect the natural prairie landscape has had on the collective psyche of the American people. Accompanied by more than 150 stunning photographs, this informative text is also a browser's delight. Margaret Flanagan
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