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  • A BRAIN FOR ALL SEASONS: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change. by Calvin, William H.
    Calvin, William H.
    A BRAIN FOR ALL SEASONS: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (2002) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book which argues that the "great flip-flops" of climate every few thousand years "powered the pump for the enormous increase in brain size and complexity in human beings. Driven by the imperative to adapt within a generation to 'whiplash' climate changes where only grass did well for a while, our ancestors learned to cooperate and innovate in hunting large grazing animals." This book is structured as a travelogue that takes us around the globe and back in time, from Darwin's home in England, Calvin to the The Kalahari desert and the Sterkfontein caves in South Africa and a drought-shrunken lake in Kenya to a study of…

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    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (2002) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book which argues that the "great flip-flops" of climate every few thousand years "powered the pump for the enormous increase in brain size and complexity in human beings. Driven by the imperative to adapt within a generation to 'whiplash' climate changes where only grass did well for a while, our ancestors learned to cooperate and innovate in hunting large grazing animals." This book is structured as a travelogue that takes us around the globe and back in time, from Darwin's home in England, Calvin to the The Kalahari desert and the Sterkfontein caves in South Africa and a drought-shrunken lake in Kenya to a study of ice cores in Copenhagen. And it also warns that global warming caused by human-made pollution could trigger another sudden episode of global cooling as the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere shuts down the oceanic "conveyor belt" that sends warmer waters into the North Atlantic, which would plunge much of the earth into a deep chill within a few years. SIGNED on the title page. Illustrated with photographs, glossary, recommended reading, notes and index. 341 pp. ISBN: 0-226092011.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 82438
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  • Frome, Michael.
    STRANGERS IN HIGH PLACES: Story of the Great Smoky Mountains.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, (1966.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - The history of the Smoky Mountains -including that of the "first half billion years" and of the modern era - the creation of the park, the influence of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Rockefellers, hiking, moonshiners and bootleggers, Appalachian ballads and the Appalachian trail. Very warmly and personally INSCRIBED by the author on the half title page (to a Pan Am pilot - one who joined Pan Am in 1930! - with a reference to logging "more than a few hours in the high places over the world" and dated in 1969. Maps by Stephen Kraft. Contains a camping and hiking appendix, bibliography and notes, index. 394 pp. Full color wildflower photographs on the endpapers.

    Condition: Near fine in a good dust jacket. (some edgewear and creasing to the dj.)

    Book ID: 34872
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  • UNDER WESTERN SKIES: Nature and History in the American West. by Worster, Donald.
    Worster, Donald.
    UNDER WESTERN SKIES: Nature and History in the American West.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of 11 essays which exemplify the "new western history," which focuses on the environment, native peoples, and the concentration of power in the hands of a few. Foremost among these historians is Donald Worster. In Worster's writings, the western past Among the topics he looks at in this book are "the struggle by the Lakota to regain ownership of the Black Hills, examining the importance of the Black Hills in Indian religion and the way they have been mismanaged by the U.S. government. . . the cowboy in terms of the new ecology that arose from livestock ranching - the endless miles of fences, the…

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    New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of 11 essays which exemplify the "new western history," which focuses on the environment, native peoples, and the concentration of power in the hands of a few. Foremost among these historians is Donald Worster. In Worster's writings, the western past Among the topics he looks at in this book are "the struggle by the Lakota to regain ownership of the Black Hills, examining the importance of the Black Hills in Indian religion and the way they have been mismanaged by the U.S. government. . . the cowboy in terms of the new ecology that arose from livestock ranching - the endless miles of fences, the changes in the environment wrought by extensive grazing, certain species of animals almost wiped out because they were considered a danger to sheep and cattle. . . From the mining ghost towns of the Rockies to the uprooted farm families of the Dust Bowl, nature sometimes wins the struggle. Even the Hoover Dam, he reminds us, may one day be overcome by the patient Colorado River." SIGNED on the title page. Worster received the Bancroft Prize in American history in 1980. Notes, index. ix, 292 pp. ISBN: 0-195058208.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 82234
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