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American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn (udgave 2007)

af Ted Steinberg (Forfatter)

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Americans are locked in a love-hate relationship with their lawns, and Ted Steinberg tells you why. The rise of the perfect lawn represents one of the most profound transformations in the history of the American landscape. Today the lawn is one of America's leading "crops," outstripping cotton in acres by a factor of two. "American Green," Ted Steinberg's witty expose of this sometimes bizarre phenomenon, traces the history of the lawn from its explosion in the postwar suburban community of Levittown--just miles from where Steinberg grew up--to the present love affair with turf colorants, leaf blowers, and riding mowers. For half a century, Americans have been on a quest for the greenest, weed-free, ultra-trim turf imaginable. But perfection has its costs. Blending muckraking journalism and social history, Steinberg looks at both the lighter and the darker side of the all-American landscape, from mower accidents and pesticide poisonings to lawn-mower racing and the man so addicted to perfection that he re-created Augusta's 12th hole in his backyard. 40 illustrations.… (mere)
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Titel:American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn
Forfattere:Ted Steinberg (Forfatter)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2007), Edition: Reprint, 318 pages
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This is great summertime reading. Social and cultural history at its best.

This spring I acquired a Big Green Monster along with my house. I also got a citation from the police department when the height of my lawn went over the limit prescribed by the city ordnance. With this experience I learned that I have to feed, water, and trim my Big Green Monster, or the government will make me pay hefty fines. Thus, my interest in "The Lawn."

The author puts writes this heavy hitting book in a lighthearted style that belies its serious content. The book is 295 pages and has approximately 50 pages of footnotes that back up what is written. There is also 15 pages of index so the book is not overly long. The author raises some serious questions that range from the economics of the business of lawn care to the impact of the lawn obsession on class and immigration issues. There is more to the American lawn than meets the eye and this author explores the issues, if not thoroughly, at least he give the reader enough information to go and find out more with the extensive footnotes and bibliography.

The author starts out with a history of the American lawn and this is a breezy overview that is as refreshing as sitting on a patio with a glass of something cold contemplating the deep green of a well tended lawn. He then covers environmental issues as well as economic and business issues, with chapters on safety and emissions standards, or the lack thereof, on common lawn care equipment such as mowers, leaf blowers, and weed whackers. It is enough to make the most avowed anti-environmentalist start to wonder about why he spends so much time and money on grass. As much as a history of the American lawn this is a social and cultural history that makes for fun and fascinating reading to be enjoyed with feet propped up and cold drink in hand. ( )
  benitastrnad | Jun 17, 2013 |
Ted Steinberg’s American Green details the history of the lawn in the United States. From the first mass suburbs in Leavittown, New York to the modern golf course, Steinberg writes about how the lawn has been imprinted on our consciousness as an extension of the American dream.

But, he is not completely in love with the idea of a perfect lawn. Most of the arguments in the book set out to disprove 80 years of lawn history. And with good science to back him up to boot. Many of the steps we take to ensure that our lawns have a luscious green veneer actually serve to destroy the soil, poison waterfowl, and injure our citizens. Unfortunately, the arguments laid out in this volume are not balanced, but it will shake you out of your standard thinking.

I’d like to think that I could be as valiant as some of the lawn revolutionaries in this book, but if we employed just a few of the ideas here, then I think we might be able break free from some our landscape drudgery.

http://lifelongdewey.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/635-american-green-by-ted-steinber... ( )
  NielsenGW | Jul 17, 2012 |
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Americans are locked in a love-hate relationship with their lawns, and Ted Steinberg tells you why. The rise of the perfect lawn represents one of the most profound transformations in the history of the American landscape. Today the lawn is one of America's leading "crops," outstripping cotton in acres by a factor of two. "American Green," Ted Steinberg's witty expose of this sometimes bizarre phenomenon, traces the history of the lawn from its explosion in the postwar suburban community of Levittown--just miles from where Steinberg grew up--to the present love affair with turf colorants, leaf blowers, and riding mowers. For half a century, Americans have been on a quest for the greenest, weed-free, ultra-trim turf imaginable. But perfection has its costs. Blending muckraking journalism and social history, Steinberg looks at both the lighter and the darker side of the all-American landscape, from mower accidents and pesticide poisonings to lawn-mower racing and the man so addicted to perfection that he re-created Augusta's 12th hole in his backyard. 40 illustrations.

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