The Control of Nature Author:John McPhee The Control of Nature is John McPhee's bestselling account of places where people are locked in combat with nature. Taking us deep into these contested territories, McPhee details the strageties and tactics through which people attempt to control nature. Most striking is his depiction of the main contestants: nature in complex and aweso... more »me guises, and those attempting to wrest control from her - stubborn, sometimes foolhardy, more often ingenious, and always arresting characters.« less
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John McPhee is a great writer, and here captures human hubris, governmental ego and overspending, in the face of resolute nature.
Especially relevant is the section on the Corp of Engineers and work on the Mississippi river, in light of hurricane Katrina.