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Published: 22 February 2007

508 Pages | 41 halftones


ISBN: 9780199215195

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The Humboldt Current

A European explorer and his American disciples

Aaron Sachs

  • A masterly intellectual history that brings to light the impact of a European explorer on American history and culture.
  • Beautifully written, packed with fascinating stories of exploration, scientific endeavour, and natural history.
  • Argues that Humboldt was second only to Darwin amongst scientists in his impact on American thought.
  • Ties in Humboldt's life with stories of other scientist-explorers, and writers and artists such as Whitman, Thoreau and Melville, to reveal the roots of today's environmental movement.