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One Square Inch of Silence电子书

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作       者:Gordon Hempton

出  版  社:Atria Books

出版时间:2009-03-01

字       数:63.2万

所属分类: 进口书 > 外文原版书 > 法律/政治/宗教

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In the visionary tradition of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, One Square Inch of Silence alerts us to beauty that we take for granted and sounds an urgent environmental alarm. Natural silence is our nation's fastest-disappearing resource, warns Emmy-winning acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton, who has made it his mission to record and preserve it in all its variety—before these soul-soothing terrestrial soundscapes vanish completely in the ever-rising din of man-made noise. Recalling the great works on nature written by John Muir, John McPhee, and Peter Matthiessen, this beautifully written narrative, co-authored with John Grossmann, is also a quintessentially American story—a road trip across the continent from west to east in a 1964 VW bus. But no one has crossed America like this. Armed with his recording equipment and a decibel-measuring sound-level meter, Hempton bends an inquisitive and loving ear to the varied natural voices of the American landscape—bugling elk, trilling thrushes, and drumming, endangered prairie chickens. He is an equally patient and perceptive listener when talking with people he meets on his journey about the importance of quiet in their lives. By the time he reaches his destination, Washington, D.C., where he meets with federal officials to press his case for natural silence preservation, Hempton has produced a historic and unforgettable sonic record of America. With the incisiveness of Jack Kerouac's observations on the road and the stirring wisdom of Robert Pirsig repairing an aging vehicle and his life, One Square Inch of Silence provides a moving call to action. More than simply a book, it is an actual place, too, located in one of America's last naturally quiet places, in Olympic National Park in Washington State.
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Cover

Praise

Title Page

Copyright

Dedication

Contents

Prologue

1 Silent Thunder

2 The Quiet Path

3 Hitting the Road

4 Urban Wilderness

5 Endangered Quiet Beauty

6 The Earth Exposed

7 The Rocky Road to Quietude

8 Natures Symphony in Decline

Interlude

9 Toxic Noise

10 Seeking Muirs Music

11 Hundred-Mile Walk to Washington

12 Washington, D.C.

Epilogue Echoes

Appendix A Correspondence with James Fallows

Appendix B Indianapolis Noise Profiles

Appendix C Kempthorne Letter

Appendix D FAA Map of the Continental United States

Appendix E Sonic EKG of America

Appendix F Your Personal Quest for Quiet: A Mini–User’s Manual

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

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