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Worster, Donald 1941-

Works: 70 works in 289 publications in 6 languages and 17,005 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Pictorial works  Photographs‡vAerial  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator
Classifications: F786, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Donald Worster
Nature's economy a history of ecological ideas by Donald Worster( Book )
72 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 3,200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nature's Economy is a wide-ranging investigation of ecology's past. It traces the origins of the concept, discusses the thinkers who have shaped it, and shows how it in turn has shaped the modern perception of our place in nature
Dust Bowl : the southern plains in the 1930s by Donald Worster( Book )
24 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and held by 2,422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Personal recollections recreate experiences of two Dust Bowl communities
A river running west : the life of John Wesley Powell by Donald Worster( Book )
19 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 2,194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Intrepid explorer, careful scientist, talented writer, and dedicated conservationist, Powell led the expedition that put the Colorado River on American maps and revealed the Grand Canyon to the world. In A River Running West, Donald Worster tells the story of Powell's great adventures and describes his historical significance. Worster paints a vivid portrait of how this man emerged from the early nineteenth-century world of immigrants, fervent religion, and rough-and-tumble rural culture, and barely survived the Civil War battle at Shiloh. The heart of Worster's biography is Powell's epic journey down the Colorado in 1869, a tale of harrowing experiences, lethal accidents, and breathtaking discoveries. After years in the region collecting rocks and fossils and learning to speak the local Native American languages, Powell returned to Washington as an eloquent advocate for the West, one of America's first and most influential conservationists. But in the end, he fell victim to a clique of Western politicians who pushed for unfettered economic development, relegating the aging explorer to a quiet life of anthropological contemplation
A passion for nature : the life of John Muir by Donald Worster( Book )
13 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 1,870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A definitive biography traces the life of John Muir from his boyhood in Scotland up to his death on the eve of World War I and offers important insights into the passionate nature of America's first great conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club
The wealth of nature : environmental history and the ecological imagination by Donald Worster( Book )
21 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 1,786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
""Nostalgia runs all through this society," Worster writes, "fortunately, for it may be our only hope of salvation." These reflective and engaging essays capture the fascination of environmental history - and the beauty of nature lost or endangered - underscoring the importance of intelligent action in the present."--Jacket
Rivers of empire : water, aridity, and the growth of the American West by Donald Worster( Book )
17 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and held by 1,600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Under western skies : nature and history in the American West by Donald Worster( Book )
13 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 1,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The West has long been central to the American identity, and the writing of western history has reflected our changing sense of ourselves. For decades, the story of the West has been told as a glorious tale of conquest and rugged individualism--a triumphant march of progress. But recently a new school of historians has taken a second look at this tradition, creating what is known as "new western history," an approach that gives a central role to the environment, native peoples, and the concentration of power in the hands of a few elites. And foremost among the new western historians is Donald Worster. In Worster's writings, the western past emerges not as a march of Manifest Destiny, but as an unfolding relationship between man and nature, and the forging of a multicultural society. In Under Western Skies, Worster conveys the power of the new western history with eleven eloquent and graceful essays. He provides an introduction to the changing traditions of western historical writing, and then demonstrates his own approach through fascinating case studies. Identifying himself as an environmental historian, he writes compellingly of the changing relationship between the land, native Americans, and the descendants of Europe. For example, he takes a hard look at the struggle by the Lakota to regain ownership of the Black Hills, examining not only the legal history of treaties and court cases but also the place of the Black Hills in Indian religion and the way they have been exploited under U.S. management. He discusses the cowboy (a romantic figure almost ignored by historians) in terms of the new ecology that arose from livestock ranching--the endless miles of fencing, the changes in the environment wrought by extensive grazing, wild life of the range almost wiped out because they were considered a threat to sheep and cattle. But Worster's view of nature isn't as simple or as linear as for instance Bill McKibben's stark picture in The End of Nature, a picture Worster argues against. From the mining ghost towns of the Rockies to the uprooted farm families of the Dust Bowl, nature sometimes wins the struggle. Even the Hoover Dam, he reminds us, may one day be overcome by the patient Colorado River. "Human domination over nature is quite simply an illusion, a passing dream by a naive species. It is an illusion that has cost us much, ensnared us in our own designs, given us a few boasts to make about our courage and genius, but all the same it is an illusion." These gracefully composed essays offer both intriguing insights into important aspects of our history and a new appreciation for the place of nature, native peoples, and struggles over money and power in the western past
The Ends of the earth : perspectives on modern environmental history by Donald Worster( Book )
21 editions published between 1980 and 2003 in English and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Since 1492, when Columbus "discovered" America, the world has been moving toward an increasingly integrated global economy, higher population levels and consequently greater resource demands, and an increasingly precarious state of the biosphere. These developments play a major part in both modern history and in daily life. Understanding their interrelationships and development is crucial to the future of humanity and of the Earth, and is the unifying theme of this collection of readings. -- Publishers description
An unsettled country changing landscapes of the American West by Donald Worster( )
5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The West remains unsettled, both by cultural habits, intellectual debate, and ecological conditions. In these four essays, comprising the Calvin P. Horn Lectures in Western History and Culture, Donald Worster incisively discusses just how the natural environment has played an active, critical role in the making of the West - and often in its unmaking and remaking
American environmentalism; the formative period, 1860-1915 by Donald Worster( Book )
5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bust to boom : documentary photographs of Kansas, 1936-1949 ( Book )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
FSA-aided farmers and the harsh lives of coal miners, dust bowl debris and tumbleweeds, a failed bank and thriving stockyard, locomotives and Mexican-American railroad workers, oil derricks, wheat country, black cavalry troops, and 4-H Club fairs. In his enlightening introduction, environmental historian Donald Worster provides essential historical context for the images
The inhabited prairie by Terry Evans( Book )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A river running west [the life of John Wesley Powell] by Donald Worster( Recording )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Dust Bowl ( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Encountering Mormon country : John Wesley Powell, John Muir, and the nature of Utah by Donald Worster( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
I confini della terra : problemi e prospettive di storia dell'ambiente ( Book )
3 editions published in 1991 in Italian and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Transformaciones de la tierra by Donald Worster( Book )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in Spanish and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
De ekologiska idéernas historia by Donald Worster( Book )
3 editions published in 1996 in Swedish and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The economy of nature : an essay on the development of ecological thought by Donald Worster( Book )
4 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The flow of empire comparing water control in China and the United States by Donald Worster( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Donald Worster
Worster, Donald E.
Worster, Donald E. 1941-
ウォスター, ドナルド
オースター, ドナルド
English (213)
French (8)
Italian (8)
Spanish (5)
Swedish (3)
Chinese (1)