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Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World

Category: Book
By (author): Barnet, Andrea
Subject:  HISTORY / Social History
  NATURE / Animal Rights
  SCIENCE / Environmental Science (see also Chemistry / Environmental)
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: March 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.32in
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$ 21.99
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Four influential women we thought we knew well-Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters-and how they spearheaded the modern progressive movement

This is the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women-linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention-showed what one person speaking truth to power can do. Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat. With a keen eye for historical detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman's career and explores how their work collectively changed the course of history. While they hailed from different generations, Carson, Jacobs, Goodall, and Waters found their voices in the early sixties. At a time of enormous upheaval, all four stood as bulwarks against 1950s corporate culture and its war on nature. Consummate outsiders, each prevailed against powerful and mostly male adversaries while also anticipating the disaffections of the emerging counterculture.

All told, their efforts ignited a transformative progressive movement while offering people a new way to think about the world and a more positive way of living in it. 


Review Quote*"Vivid."
Review Quote*"A thorough examination of the life and work of four fascinating women . . . superb . . . Barnet has added greatly to our understanding of the way human beings with a vision can change society for the better by pursuing their dreams.
Review Quote*"Fascinating and deliciously detailed . . . Barnet [makes] clear that women's history is longer, richer, more important and more interlinked by time and culture than many may have realized."
Review Quote*"These four gave their moment-and ours-a unique and compelling way to perceive the interconnections within a society, as well as its relationship to its surroundings."
Review Quote*"Wide-reaching and exciting . . . Barnet is smart, engaging, and highly-readable. With enthusiasm and eloquence . . . she tells the women's stories, while making her larger point that each was responsible for helping to change the world."
Review Quote*"A rich portrait . . . They didn't so much break the rules as create and follow their own, and Barnet seems to be doing the same in her deft, quilted treatment of these pivotal women in a pivotal time."
Review Quote*"With both resonant detail and purposeful distillation, Barnet tells their dramatic stories within the context of the counterculture of 50 years ago, charts the ongoing vitality and influence of their compassionate visions, and asks if we will yet accomplish what these four "accidental revolutionaries" call on us to do."
Review Quote*"Inspirational. Barnet has written the provocative tales of four women who became moral voices in the 1960s through a passion for truth and a perseverance that defied expectations. They questioned blind faith in technology and the conquest of nature to shape a sensibility that protected our values and our world."
Review Quote*"Fascinating, thoughtful, and surprising, Andrea Barnet's Visionary Women portrays the world we know through four extraordinary women who did so much to shape it."