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  • Publisher: Tantor Media Inc; MP3 Una edition (19 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452656916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452656915
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,743,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward Abbey was born in Pennsylvania in 1927 and spent most of his life in the American southwest. His books include the celebrated Desert Solitaire, which established Abbey as one of the country's foremost defenders of the environment. Edward Abbey died in 1989. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Dr. Sarvis with his bald mottled dome and savage visage, grim and noble as Sibelius, was out night riding on a routine neighborhood beautification project, burning billboards along the highway-U.S. 66, later to be devoured by the superstate's interstate autobahn. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jago Wells VINE VOICE on 16 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
Forget Indiana Jones....The Monkey Wrench Gang would make any of the Speilberg/Ford IJ franchise films look like earnest Chekov plays if it ever made it onto the silver screen.
Abbey writes a cinematic epic charged with humour,passion and love.
The love of wilderness and the loathing of capitalist 'progress' which sees the great canyons and deserts of the American South West raped in the name of commerce.
Abbey's hostility towards the corporate/government sponsored eco vandals and his direct action response articulated in the pages of TMWG, inspired those who shared his vision to create a powerful environmental group 'Earth First'.
Now... How many books can claim to have started a green revolution !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Mason on 7 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is one of those books that takes over your life for the days that you read it, getting time to spend with this book will be a priority.

Although written in 1975 it doesn't seem dated, in fact far from it as Abbey's attitude to environmental concerns isn't very PC and so refreshing from that point of view. He is able to describe the feelings of the desert with a rare clarity and mix that with the horrors of industrial exploitation of the landscape.

It may have an environmental theme, but the main thrust of the story is a high octane adventure, made appealing because the protagonists are such an odd ball collection of characters.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "johndevaney" on 18 Jun. 2002
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The Green political movement does not have its equivalent of the Communist Manifesto, possibly because it does not have a single ideological strain. What it does have is The Monkey Wrench Gang for inspiration, to return to when campaigning and personality politics has left you jaded.
Telling the tale of an odd-ball quartet of radical environmentalists (monkey-wrenchers, so-called because they stick a literal and metaphorical monkey-wrench into the machinery of environmental degradation) as they look for ever more effective and devastating ways of preventing the rape of the American wilderness.
Accusations of racism and sexism would not be completely unfounded but Abbey was exploring new political terrain...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 1999
Format: Paperback
I first encountered this book whilst travelling in Utah and Arizona many years ago. However, it remains a firm favorite and is a book I have recommended to many friends. Edward Abbey paints a picture of how we are destroying our environment with little regard for anything but monetary value. However. he wraps this message in a exciting story that is a is so much more than just a campaign gimmick. It is far from a 'heavy' read but underneath it packs a powerful punch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Buckley on 17 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
If Hunter S Thompson was an environmentalist, he'd be a paid-up member of The Monkey Wrench Gang.

A great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul woollard on 1 May 2014
Format: Paperback
i was given this book by a friend whilst i traveled california. Great book. fantastic eco story a reminder our generation were no the first to worry about the environment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Emily-Rose Ascott on 28 Jan. 2014
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Bought this for my Uncle's birthday pressie and he was very pleased. For anyone interested in Environmental issues it seems to be a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C R Evans on 23 Dec. 2013
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Edward Abbey's classic tale of environmentalist/anti-capitalists traveling around the US south west undertaking schemes of direct action is a thrilling romp of a tale that engages and enthralls. Well written, well paced and providing enough information about the causes to make you want to know more, whether you agree with them or not!
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