The Nation: Windmill Power

The Boy Scout Handbook of the counterculture movement was The Last Whole Earth Catalog, published in 1971, which told the dropout generation where to get the information to do its own thing—cultivate organic food, build geodesic domiciles, grow pot. The volume went through 14 printings, sold 1.2 million copies, won a prestigious National Book Award and turned Publisher Stewart Brand, 35, into an old-fashioned capitalist.

But times change and revolutionaries mellow. So Brand has brought out a new volume titled The Whole Earth Epilog, which subtly reflects the greening of yesterday's rebels. "Five...

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