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The Bookshelf: May 4, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights The Man Who Built the Sierra Club.

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Trib+Water is joining with respected books authority Kirkus Reviews to bring you select reviews of books of note in the field of water studies. For more book reviews and recommendations, visit Kirkus.com.

THE MAN WHO BUILT THE SIERRA CLUB: A Life of David Brower

by Robert Wyss

A sturdy life of David Brower (1912-2000), the legendarily tough and tough-minded pioneering environmentalist who shaped the Sierra Club into a national political force. ... The author writes under the long shadow of John McPhee, whose Encounters with the Archdruid (1971) cast Brower as a quixotic hero. Wisely, Wyss elects not to compete with McPhee but instead to round out his account with details of the daily work of advocating for conservation. ... Often reprimanded and sometimes fired, Brower remained a force in the environmental movement until the end of his long life, and this book makes fitting homage. … The book lacks Brower’s soaring idealism, but it provides a highly useful view of how environmental battles are waged in the trenches.

For the full review, visit kirkus.com.

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