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A Force for Nature

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A Force for Nature

The Story of NRDC and Its Fight to Save Our Planet

By John H. Adams; Patricia Adams; George Black

Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9780811865357, 400pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2010

The world's preeminent environmental organization began with a layer of soot on the windowsill of a Greenwich Village apartment. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) founder John H. Adams, a pioneer of environmental action, was working as a lawyer for the U.S. Attorney's office when he and fellow lawyers teamed up to form a grassroots environmental advocacy group. Since 1970, NRDC has grown into an international powerhouse with 1.2 million members and a staff of scientists and lawyers whose mission is to safeguard the planet. This inspiring memoir tells the story of the NRDC and the environmental movement it sparked.

About the Author
John H. Adams was NRDC's executive director and, later, president from 1970 until 2006. He served on President Clinton's Council for Sustainable Development, and sits on the boards of numerous environmental organizations, including NRDC. He lives in New York.

Patricia Adams is a long-time supporter of NRDC and a steering committee member of NRDC's Partnership for the Earth campaign.

Praise For A Force for Nature

" ...Inspiring. The characters you find in John and Patricia Adams' book are bright, hard-nosed exemplars of the sort of fixers it will take to actually save the planet. They might just inspire you to go into debt, get a law degree, and sue some bastards." -Outside magazine

"Invaluable firsthand environmental history and a blueprint for future conservation efforts" - Booklist (starred review)

"...a fast-paced, highly readable tour de force" -