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The Control of Nature Summary
John McPhee

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The Control of Nature Summary

Plot Summary

The Control of Nature is a historical nonfiction novel published in 1989. Events occur on a backdrop of geological time that spans eons. John McPhee tells stories about the lives and happenings of residents, non-residents, scientists, engineers and government bureaucracies in conflict with various forces of nature. He explores each region as an investigative reporter to meet and interview participants, witnesses and experts. Money, power, conflict and accidental death and destruction pervade the work. Nature and acts of God seem to get in the way of man's plans. McPhee sympathetically reveals that man causes his own disorder and destructive actions on nature and a natural order of things.

John McPhee visits Southern Louisiana, Iceland, Hawaii and Los Angeles during the 1980s. Each region he investigates is created by, set within and driven by ongoing major geological events. Natural flows and man's control are common elements of conflict in each...

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