Kenneth Brower

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Kenneth Brower is an American nonfiction writer.

He is best known for his many books about the environment, national parks, and natural places, many of them in hundreds of libraries and by major publishers, including several titles in the series The Earth's Wild Places published by the Friends of the Earth in the 1970s. His most widely read book, on Yosemite, is in over 1200 WorldCat libraries.[1] Many of his books have been published by the National Geographic Society. Several of his books have been translated into Japanese, German, Spanish, and Hebrew.[2] He is the oldest son of the late environmentalist David R. Brower.

He is also known for being the author of The Starship and the Canoe, a comparison of the lives of scientist Freeman Dyson and his 'rebellious' son George Dyson. According to WorldCat, it is in 553 libraries.[3] It has also been translated into Korean, Polish, Japanese, and Chinese.

At a Long Now Foundation talk on October 5, 2005 an audience member asked Freeman if there were any questions he'd like to ask of his children George and Esther, who were together giving a talk. He answered that he was curious how George went from rebellious teenager to respected colleague. George answered that it was because of Kenneth Brower. Roughly, he said If you write a book describing a rebellious teenager about the only way they can then rebel is to become conventional.

A lesser known fact is that Kenneth Brower either helped his father David Brower or outright edited many of the Sierra Club Books from the famous Sierra Club Exhibit Format Series including "Navajo Wildlands" by Stephen C. Jett with photographs by Philip Hyde. These books helped raise public awareness about the destruction of various wild places, brought a rapidly increasing flood of new members to the Sierra Club and to the environmental movement in general, besides reinventing the photography book and helping to establish color landscape photography as a fine art.

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