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The Next Whole Earth Catalog Paperback – 26 Mar 1981

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (26 Mar. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394739515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394739519
  • Product Dimensions: 36.1 x 27.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,211,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A catalog of tools, information sources, equipment, and manufacturers in the areas of land use, technology, crafts, daily life, politics, and communications. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "mchal38635" on 10 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
i found this book invaluable when 20 years ago it was given to me as a birthday present when i lived on a small island in the balearics, with it,s knowledgable content,i built non smoking fireplaces,stone walls,solar water heating.wind generator.I highly recommend this fasinating book,which keeps you glued to the pages for hours just digesting its hundreds of different catagories.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Next Whole Earth Catalog (Access To Tools) 20 Nov. 2000
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Format: Paperback
To review what was relevent to review, in the early 80's, is to go back twenty years in time to examine the past. This catalog of catalogs is extremely interesting to anyone who wants to remember two decades ago, or to anyone who wants to be mesmerised by the written materials that were available at the time. I found myself amazed, intrigued, revitalized, and thoroughly entertained for hours reading about the tools and ideas compiled therein. There is something to interest almost everyone in this big book that captures informational history at its best!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Seminal in crystallizing a way of conceiving of alternative tools 24 July 2006
By Scott MacLeod - Published on
Format: Paperback
"The Next Whole Earth Catalog" was seminal in crystallizing a way of conceiving of alternative tools, and providing access to them when it was published in the early 1980s. It's also significant in emblematizing a way of thinking that emerged perhaps with Earth Day in 1968, and which has been an interesting cultural current underlying green architecture. In this book, Brand identified Christopher Alexander's "A Pattern Language" (Oxford University Press, 1977) as the most significant work in the catalog. Both of these beautiful and conceptually far-reaching books can be delightful reads on a Sunday morning, and so much more. One of the things that Stewart Brand, who put "The Next Whole Earth Catalog" together, has gotten involved with recently is "The All Species Foundation," which attempts to identify and catalog how many species there are - an interesting project.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Access to Tools, indeed 19 Oct. 2012
By Gordon M. Wagner - Published on
Format: Paperback
I remember seeing a version ten years earlier, when I was about 12, and wondering "what is this?" and then I remember seeing this version, ten years later, when I was about 22, and going "OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!" with the realization that this book was like a set of car keys to reality -- empowering unlike any other book. Anything you wanted to do, to become, this book had information on how to do it, how to go about MAKING IT REAL. Highest possible recommendation!!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Whole Earth Catalog Review 15 Sept. 2011
By Elmer Blythe - Published on
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I purchased the book because I had the first version back in the 60s. The present book shows its age, i.e. the edges of the pages are yellowed and the binding is weak. But I expected that due to its age - printed in 1971. Turning the pages and reading the articles certainly bring back the memories.

The delivery was prompt and the books condition was as stated.

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This was the only book for many people. You ... 30 Aug. 2014
By ashli edwards - Published on
Format: Paperback
This was the only book for many people. You did not need to be an aging hippie to own it. It will always be what many catalog companies wish they could be. I don't care how old you were my children relished it as much as my husband and I did. Stewart Brand wrote the ultimate book. Mother Earth news eat your heart out, you'll never match The Whole Earth Catalog. Thank you, Stewart
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