The Unsettling of America Culture & Agriculture
Place Published: San Francisco
Publisher: Sierra Club Books
Date Published: 1977
Edition: First edition, Uncorrected Proof
Book Id: 16321
207pp. Octavo [21 cm] Light blue printed wrappers. Very good. Wrappers lightly sunned. This is the uncorrected proof that predated the trade first edition by a few months.
In The Unsettling of America Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Today's agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families, and as a nation we are thus more estranged from the land - from the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it. Sadly, as Berry notes in the after word to this new edition, his arguments and observations are still relevant today. We continue to suffer loss of community, the devaluation of human work, and the destruction of nature under an economics dedicated to the mechanistic pursuit of products and profits.