The Humboldt current : nineteenth-century exploration and the roots of American environmentalism (eBook, 2007) [WorldCat.org]
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The Humboldt current : nineteenth-century exploration and the roots of American environmentalism

Author: Aaron Sachs
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) achieved unparalleled fame in his own time. Today, however, he and his enormous legacy to American thought are virtually unknown. In The Humboldt Current, Aaron Sachs traces Humboldt's pervasive influence on American history through examining the work of four explorers--J.N. Reynolds, Clarence King, George Wallace, and John Muir--who embraced Humboldt's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Electronic books
Biographies
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sachs, Aaron (Aaron Jacob).
Humboldt current.
New York : Penguin Books, 2007, ©2006
(OCoLC)171299925
Named Person: Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron Sachs
ISBN: 9781429541671 1429541679 9781429541701 1429541709 9781101201619 1101201614
OCLC Number: 1085987535
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 496 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: East : Humboldt and the influence of Europe --
South : J.N. Reynolds and the "more comprehensive promise" of the Antarctic --
West : Clarence King's experience of the frontier --
North : George Wallace Melville and John Muir in extremis.
Responsibility: Aaron Sachs.

Abstract:

The naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) achieved unparalleled fame in his own time. Today, however, he and his enormous legacy to American thought are virtually unknown. In The Humboldt Current, Aaron Sachs traces Humboldt's pervasive influence on American history through examining the work of four explorers--J.N. Reynolds, Clarence King, George Wallace, and John Muir--who embraced Humboldt's idea of a "chain of connection" uniting all peoples and all environments. A skillful blend of narrative and interpretation that also discusses Humboldt's influence on Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau, Melville, and Poe, The Humboldt Currentoffers a colorful, passionate, and superbly written reinterpretation of nineteenth-century American history

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Sachs has done something worthy of gratitude: He has reintroduced a nineteenth- century sage to a generation that sorely needs his wisdom. (Los Angeles Times)

 
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