One Square Inch of Silence
One Square Inch of Silence
One Man's Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy World
Free Press, Paperback, 9781416559108, 356pp.
Publication Date: March 2, 2010
John Grossmann has been a freelance writer of magazine articles and books for nearly all of his working career. He has written on as wide a range of topics as implied by the following list of magazines that have published his work: "Air & Space/Smithsonian", "Audubon", "Cigar Aficionado", "Esquire", "Geo", "Gourmet", "Health, Inc., " "National Geographic Traveler", "The New York Times Magazine", "Outside", "Parade", "Saveur", "Smithsonian", "Sports Illustrated", and "USA Weekend". He ghostwrote the 2006 book "Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads" (Ten Speed Press); and before that wrote the 100-year history of one of the nation's oldest and most successful summer camps, YMCA Camp Belknap, which he attended as a camper and leader and where his two sons have also been campers and leaders.
"After a while we begin to sense that it is silence that is our greatest teacher. The interval between musical notes. The pauses in a play or speech or conversation. The awe-inspiring cloisters of our civilizations. But it is in nature, as this wonderful gem of a book reveals, that we find the real blessing of silence." -- Ken Burns, filmmaker
"This superb book by the world's finest listener will change forever the way you hear both the natural and unnatural sounds of our planet. Hempton's continent-wide search for peace and tranquility in the music of nature is a cause to which we should all rally." -- Donald Kroodsma, author of The Singing Life of Birds
"America's magnificent landscapes define us as a people and shape us as a nation -- they feed us body and soul. Conserving these lands, and the silence they afford is one of our greatest national challenges. Hempton has done us a great service by calling us to action -- saving one square inch of silence should not be a spectator sport." -- Lawrence A. Selzer, President and CEO of The Conservation Fund
"Silence is the wellspring of creation. A feast of silence is the only way into the understanding of nature. To listen to silence is to expand the spirit and cure the soul. Gordon Hempton takes us by the hand to visit this idea in his One Square Inch of Silence." -- Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest
"Visitors to America's national parks come for peace and inspiration. But as Hempton shows, this fundamental experience is increasingly rare. Hempton does a fabulous job of detailing the challenges facing the National Park Service and the politics of noise. This is an important book for all nature lovers." -- Tom Kiernan, NPCA President