Through much of history our relationship with the earth has
been plagued by ambivalence--we not only enjoy and appreciate the
forces and manifestations of nature, we seek to plunder, alter, and
control them. Here Paul Shepard uncovers the cultural roots of our
ecological crisis and proposes ways to repair broken bonds with the
earth, our past, and nature. Ultimately encouraging, he notes,
"There is a secret person undamaged in every individual. We have
not lost, and cannot lose, the genuine impulse."