Winner of The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature
A Finalist for the PEN/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography
Four influential women we thought we knew well—Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters—and how they spearheaded the modern progressive movement
This is the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women—linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention—showed what one person speaking truth to power can do. Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat.
With a keen eye for historical detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman’s career and explores how their work collectively changed the course of history. While they hailed from different generations, Carson, Jacobs, Goodall, and Waters found their voices in the early sixties. At a time of enormous upheaval, all four stood as bulwarks against 1950s corporate culture and its war on nature. Consummate outsiders, each prevailed against powerful and mostly male adversaries while also anticipating the disaffections of the emerging counterculture.
All told, their efforts ignited a transformative progressive movement while offering people a new way to think about the world and a more positive way of living in it.
Andrea Barnet is the author of All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913–1930, a nonfiction finalist for the 2004 Lambda Literary Awards. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review for twenty-five years, and her journalism has appeared in Smithsonian, Self, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle, among other publications. She and her husband split their time between the Hudson Valley and New York City.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Age Of Wreckers And Exterminators 1
One day Alice follows a rabbit into a large hole under the hedge, and a
magical adventure begins. She meets the Mad Hatter and the March Hare at an unconventional tea party, the mysterious Cheshire Cat in the woods, and ...
BEETLE MCGRADY EATS BUGS Megan McDonald The debut of an exuberant new picture book character
from the best–selling author of the Judy Moody series. Beetle McGrady dreams of being an explorer like Marco Polo or a pioneer like Amelia Earhart. ...
It all seems straightforward. There’s been a tragic accident: the old man fell asleep in
his chair, woke up in the dark, fell and hit his head on the mantelpiece. But the Crime Scene Manager isn’t happy. There are just ...
We hung the walls with old French movie posters advertising the films of Marcel Pagnol,
films that had already provided us with both a name and an ideal: to create a community of friends, lovers, and relatives that span generations ...
For twenty-five years, Alice Waters and her friends at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California have
dedicated themselves to the ideal of serving the finest, freshest foods with simplicity and style. From tender baby asparagus in early spring, to the colorful ...
Chez Panisse is a restaurant in Berkeley, California, run by Alice Waters and her large
group of friends. Her daughter Fanny's stories of this busy place are a friendly and funny introduction to the delights of real restaurant life, and ...
THE SEMINAL BOOK ON POWER (NEW YORK TIMES) THAT CONTINUES TO DOMINATE THE FIELD (HARVARD
BUSINESS REVIEW) A landmark historian (Jon Meacham), James MacGregor Burns, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, devoted his legendary career to the study ...