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Encounters with the Archdruid

Encounters with the Archdruid

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The Dam Edition

A portrayal of the struggle between the Sierra Club and Bureau of Reclamation.

Encounters with the Archdruid (1971) is a narrative nonfiction book by author John McPhee. The book is split into three parts, each covering environmentalist David Brower's confrontations with his ideological enemies. It chronicles his struggles against miners, developers, and finally the United States Bureau of Reclamation. McPhee blends traditional journalism with thematic elements more common to fiction.

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