Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run
A compelling account of Brower's vision, activism, and extraordinary record of accomplishment.
The book appears to be based on a series of tape-recorded and edited conversations with the co-author, Steve Chapple. Though tantalizing hints of Brower's life occur throughout - a childhood that included time in the Sierras, mountaineering firsts, service in the Second World War, and his long history with the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and Earth Island Institute - this isn't really a biography.
Instead, it's broken into a series of thematic chapters, each packed with quotable material and good solid ideas. Many describe a particular vision of Brower's, whether related to transportation, forests, ecological restoration, or having fun while saving the Earth.
Given his reputation as a vigorous defender of the environment, I was somewhat surprised to note the generous tone he adopts when describing those he's faced off against during his career. A marvelous testament to a life well-lived.