THE LAND THAT FEEDS US

Hart (Geography/Univ. of Minnesota) does much more here than catalogue the risks taken by the American farmer. His analysis points the way to radical land reform and use that should, he contends, reduce both the gamble and the waste. Hart looks at the primary farming regions in the US (excluding the West), and describes the local farming history, crops, farming methods, and architecture; the governmental control that regulates crop selection; and farmers' likely profits. He revisited the same areas and, in some cases, the same farmers in the 1950's, 60's, and 80's. C.H. Tarwater, in the Great Smoky Mountain foothills of Tennessee, noted that in 1953, ``we sold eggs for 65 cents a dozen, and last year [1983] they were 64 cents.'' At the same time, his labor cost rose from $1,200 to $85,000. While Tarwater wants to continue farming, he has seen tourism drive the price of land up to $10,000 per acre—an irresistible price. Despite rising land prices, however, Hart notes that family farms have actually become bigger since WW II, and that they actually produce more. Indeed, says Hart, American farmers have become too good, too efficient: ``They are producing prodigious surpluses...but the world no longer needs the food and fiber...in such abundance.'' (He does not address the problem of world hunger or the distribution of the food supply.) Hart advocates a radical land-retirement program that takes farmland out of production to be saved for a day when it is truly needed. In order to save the ``family farm''—an agribusiness that must now gross anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million annually and competes on the international market—the necessity of subsidies not to grow crops and for long-term planning must be accepted and efficiently administrated, he says. A must for agriculturalists, geographers, and community and governmental planners. (Fifty-eight drawings and maps.)

Pub Date: June 1, 1991

ISBN: 0-393-02954-9

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Norton

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1991

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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