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This book is funny, wise and as dangerously disquieting as the day it was first published. I'm already on that list. If you're at all concerned about the environment, this is a pretty good book to read.

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It was the inspiration for Earth First! The exclamation point is part of the name of the organization, the real end of the sentence follows this parenthetical.

But the great part about this book the monkey wrench gang that it isn't a boring didactic screed. The book fueled a new generation of angry young environmentalists such as Earth First!

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I recommend you to get the monkey wrench gang Dream Garden edition which has really cool illustrations by celebrated cartoonist and satirist Robert Crumb see the cover below.

This edition was first published in to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original publication and was soon sold out, but a reprint came in with additional illustrations by Crumb from the Monkey Wrench Gang Calendar.


Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. American environmental writing has generally been more applied, in both senses, than its British counterpart. Snyder dealt with the problems of Population, Pollution, and Consumption, before proposing a means of Transformation.

Rereading: Robert Macfarlane on The Monkey Wrench Gang

It is hard to come up with a list of such consequential environmental works from Britain. Richard Mabey's brilliant Food For Free changed the eating practices, if not the eating habits, of millions.


Recent works on climate change by Mark Lynas and George Monbiot might count. But on the whole, British environmental writing has tended to be gentler in its manners and less roustabout in its aims. It has urged, not resistance, but refocusing.

The Monkey-Wrench Gang, Edward Abbey

Edward Abbey's prose rasps you like sandstone, roughs you up, kicks your arse off the page and out into the land. Nothing like it has emerged in Britain.

Perhaps the key ethical principle of British environmental literature has been that making us see differently is an essential precursor to making us act differently. So it is that each new generation of British environmental writers finds itself trying to design the literary equivalent of the "killer app": I used to believe in the possibility of this killer the monkey wrench gang, both as a reader and a writer.

The Monkey Wrench Gang (Monkey Wrench Gang, #1) by Edward Abbey

But I'm increasingly unsure of the monkey wrench gang existence. Or, if it exists, of its worth. At least in my experience, environmental literature in Britain gets read almost exclusively by the converted to the converted, and its meaningful ethical impact is minimal tending to zero.

As Vernon Klinkenbourg noted with glum elegance last year, most documents of environmental literature are "minority reports — sometimes a minority of one. The assumptions, the hopes, the arguments [of such literature] are contradicted the monkey wrench gang the way the vast majority of us live, and by the political and economic structures that determine that lifestyle