Magazine article American Forests

Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism

Magazine article American Forests

Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism

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Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism by Char Miller.

$28.00. Island Press/Shearwater Books, 2002.

This is a must-read for foresters and environmental activists alike. Historian Char Miller has written the first complete and most insightful biography of Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946). Based on privileged access to Pinchot's archives, his research is presented in an exciting and beautifully written narrative. Unlike earlier accounts of Pinchot's life, which focused primarily on his years as the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Miller weaves together the whole of Pinchot's life as forester, Progressive politician, Pennsylvania governor, and advisor to every president from Cleveland to Truman.

This is the story of a complex man who Miller contends was influential in laying the foundations of present-day environmentalism, the father of American forestry and a Progressive politician whose understanding of conservation in America encompassed science, politics, and environmental justice.

Unlike earlier polemic characterizations of Pinchot as a stubborn zealot advocating a narrow form of economic forestry, Miller portrays a dynamic leader who, in the words of his wife, Cornelia, not long after his death in 1946, "insisted that conservation must be reinvigorated, revived . …

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