Environment: Literary Guides to Turning Green

To respect nature, people need a whole new way of thinking

The book business has discovered that green is truly the color of money: publishers are rushing to cash in on the current enthusiasm for environmentalism. Books in Print lists roughly 6,000 titles in 50 subject categories related to the environment, and the number grows by dozens each month. With so many choices, would-be environmentalists are understandably bewildered. Which books are worth reading, and which were thrown together merely to exploit a fad?

Among the most popular titles are how-to guides like 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth (EarthWorks Press; $4.95). Such books are well intentioned and useful,...

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