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Dirt, soil, call it what you want, it's everywhere we go. It is the root of our existence, supporting our feet, our farms, our cities. This fascinating yet disquieting book finds, however, that we are running out of dirt, and it's no laughing matter. An engaging natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern times, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations explores the compelling idea that we are, and have long been, using up Earth's soil. Once bare of protective vegetation and exposed to wind and rain, cultivated soils erode bit by bit, slowly enough to be ignored in a single lifetime but fast enough over centuries to limit the lifespan of civilizations. 

A rich mix of history, archaeology and geology, Dirt traces the role of soil use and abuse in the history of Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, China, European colonialism, Central America, and the American push westward. We see how soil has shaped us and we have shaped soil?as society after society has risen, prospered, and plowed through a natural endowment of fertile dirt. David R. Montgomery sees in the recent rise of organic and no-till farming the hope for a new agricultural revolution that might help us avoid the fate of previous civilizations.

©2012 David R. Montgomery (P)2018 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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good stuff to learn this was a good book

learnt lots cant wait to have the best soil in csnada u just wait and see humble farmers baby

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A MUST LISTEN FOR ALL CONCERNED ABOUT ENVIRONMENT

this book was absolutely amazing. very scientific, well researched, and holistically approached. there is history, archaeology, modern science all wrapped up into a very convincing argument that will be hard to ignore once you hear it. absolutely loved it!!!
I have a complaint though, the reader is quite monotone, and at times there was a high pitched squeak maybe from a poor microphone or something (barely audible, but just enough to be annoying). they should really have it re recorded because this book is too important to not be easily accessible.

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  • Au global
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  • Emeline
  • 2018-10-05

Will forever change the way I farm.

Here is not only a history of civilizations’ soils, but also a manual for how to feed the earth’s present and future. Just the right blend of science, history, humor, and practical down-to-earth (as it were) advice for how to garden on your farm/garden/urban flower pot in a way that respects the tiny sliver of usable dirt that supports all our lives and dreams.

The narration is measured, articulate, and well paced to absorbing concepts which might be new and sometimes confusing to non-scientists.

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  • Roy Pfaltzgraff
  • 2019-11-20

Highly recommended if you care about your food

As a farmer soil is my bread and butter, it is the source of life all around us. This book is a fascinating study of how soil and civilizations are tied and what lessons we need to learn from history before we become history.

I will say there are a couple things in the book that are off such as “no-till” farming mean at least 30% of the residue remains. No-till means NO tillage period, it is challenging to do initially but it is vital to maintain soil structure created by the plants and microorganisms. We have Ben 100% no-till for 20 years and will never go back for anything.

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  • James
  • 2021-02-11

Must read!

Absolutely amazing narrative of soil and it's intricate link to human civilization throughout history up to the present.

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  • Carlos Becerra
  • 2020-09-02

Great book for anyone wanting to learn about soil

Love this book! This book goes into fascinating detail of soils importance to societies.

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  • Anders H.
  • 2020-01-25

A must read to understand the life cycle of civilizations and how to preserve our society

Might be a bit long, and when the tenth civilization dies you sort of know the mechanisms already. Thank god he had found some good but very harsh examples of the opposite.

That said. Everything you learnt in school about the death of the Roman Empire, the Greeks and even today’s USA is not about what you have been taught.

It’s a must read if you think the current climate crisis is a problem. It’s actually much worse and history keeps repeating. With or without global warming.

Read it, I got a very new perspective on these things.

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  • Steven Ray Hill
  • 2019-09-11

Excellent book!

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a sustainable regenerative way of life.

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  • Matus
  • 2019-07-20

important book to read

just read it. life needs living soil and everyone shoul be aware od it. this is story of erosion. and we can still change the course

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  • Paul
  • 2019-07-12

Allow yourself time

I was expecting an esoteric dry book but as it progressed and as the ultimate destination identified itself I enjoyed it more and more. Give yourself a few chapters and realize what the over arching plan is. Excellent book

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  • Robert Loy
  • 2019-05-24

Should be mandatory reading

Should be mandatory reading in all high schools. I love the way he tells the story of our greatest resource.

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  • Rob
  • 2019-02-05

Slow to start but...

As a fan of civilations and history the connection to soil was an enlightning link. The book was a bit repeatative in the beginning but I listened thru to get to the good stuff.