Enjoy lively wit and wisdom from the books columnists of The Environmental Forum, the policy journal for environmental professionals.
Best of the Books is a series of 60 essays and book reviews originally published in the Environmental Law Institute’s policy journal, The Environmental Forum. Written by columnists Oliver A. Houck and G. Tracy Mehan III, both long involved in the development of environmental policy, this anthology provides thoughtful and insightful pieces that reflect where we are now in the struggle to harmonize human impacts with life of the planet.
As William D. Ruckelshaus, the first U.S. EPA Administrator, writes in the foreword:
“If you find yourself interested in the environment and thirsting for more information about what is meant by being an environmentalist, this is the book for you. If you want to understand the multitude of complex issues raised by different players in the debates—heroes and villains—then read on. What you will find is the rich and fascinating unfolding of a movement that in its modern form is now over 50 years old.”
Best of the Books will serve as an excellent source for anyone needing a canon of recent literature on the modern environmental movement and the legal structures supporting it.
"As Dante encountered Virgil to guide him through the afterworld, readers in this world should use Houck and Mehan as guides to locate and enjoy the best of contemporary environmental writing. This book is a splendid read."
Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1993-2001) and 16th Governor of the State of Arizona (1978-1987)
"Oliver Houck and Tracy Mehan bring our attention to the best writing in our field with tremendous insight. The essays help underscore the importance of balancing environmental and economic interests and are a must read for any serious student of environmental and natural resource issues."
Gov. Christine Todd Whitman
50th Governor of the State of New Jersey (1994-2001) and Former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2001-2003)
"The breadth and diversity of the Collection is a teacher’s joy. Most law professors are fortunate if they are able to assign a single 'source of literature' to their students. To have at hand seventy or so superb summaries is truly a breakthrough. Thank you for this special service to the field of environmental law."
William H. Rodgers, Jr.
Professor of Law
University of Washington School of Law