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Since its publication in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. In it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural and spiritual discipline. Today’s agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families. As a result, we as a nation are more estranged from the land - from the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it.

Sadly, his arguments and observations are more relevant than ever. Although “this book has not had the happy fate of being proved wrong,” Berry writes, there are people working “to make something comely and enduring of our life on this earth.” Wendell Berry is one of those people, writing and working, as ever, with passion, eloquence, and conviction.

©1977 Wendell Berry (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • Nate
  • 2020-07-01

It's finally in Autio and narrated by Rob Swanson

book - Read it Read the book and save your life. that's all you need to know

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  • jc brotherhood
  • 2020-04-20

The legacy is truth

This book is as accurate in its analysis and as cogent in its arguments as it ever was. The proof is in the news today about world health and our response to pandemic disease. While I don’t condemn the scientist or university with as much vehemence as the author I do abhor the dishonesty that seems baked in to the culture. This book should be in everyone’s library who enjoys eating and health.

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  • Fireham
  • 2020-07-10

love the material, meh on the performance.

to start with, the material I found riveting timely and much-needed. to the degree that I have now purchased or ordered at least 16 more Wendell Berry publications books on collections. along with Joel salatin Gabe Brown Ray Archuleta and others these are topics readings and subjects with should be a part of any high School in most expecially higher education in agriculture. As for the performance while extremely clear easy to understand I found the speakers voice at times reminiscent of a twilight zone intro which begins to grate. In particular, his consistent pronunciation of hummus (a spread made from chickpeas) as opposed to hummus (organic material in the soil, the first syllable sounding like -hu- in human rather than huh) extremely grating.

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  • whit
  • 2021-01-03

brilliant!

feels very present despite the publishing date. Berry is wonderfully thought provoking for anyone farming or considering farming. a must read!

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  • DKH62
  • 2020-11-01

Time Well Spent

LOVED this book. Explains many things as to why our nation is experiencing such turmoil. the over abundance of violence and unhappy people in general

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-12

A must read for those who care

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning about sustainable agriculture, human values, and the purpose of life. Nick Offerman’s reading is engaging and enthusiastic.

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  • Matthew
  • 2020-08-20

Read Wendell Berry!

Read Wendell Berry! It will make the world a better place. Maybe help us address climate change?

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  • Joe
  • 2020-06-06

Life Changing

A doctrine of agrarian philosophy, and critique of industrialization, elequently written, and narrated. Thank you.

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  • Noel Hastings
  • 2020-06-02

I love Nick, but love Wendell more!

I love Nick Offerman but I must say it takes a chapter to see past his voice to hear the author. If you have ever heard Wendel Berry speak you will likely feel as I do - I wish he could have narrated his own book. That aside, Nick is a great narrator and has been a wonderful spokesman.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-05-29

Important evergreen message

This book should be mandatory reading/listening for all high school students. As our technology advances we try to use it to replicate billions of years of nature, we should be reconsidering that thought. Excellent book, excellent narrator. Can’t recommend it highly enough.