HAYDUKE LIVES PDF

This book was difficult to find. Anyway, I bought the book and finally got around to reading it. While I do not think the book is as good as The Monkey Wrench Gang , nor as good as Desert Solitaire , it is decent and worth the read. Basically, the old gang from the first book teams up again to save the environment from the evil government-backed corporate interests seeking to destroy the pristine wilderness for the quick extraction of resources. The first thing that struck me about this book is how little has changed in the 27 years since it was published. People still believe the lies that raping the environment will create jobs, and that jobs are more important than protecting the planet.

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This book was difficult to find. Anyway, I bought the book and finally got around to reading it. While I do not think the book is as good as The Monkey Wrench Gang , nor as good as Desert Solitaire , it is decent and worth the read. Basically, the old gang from the first book teams up again to save the environment from the evil government-backed corporate interests seeking to destroy the pristine wilderness for the quick extraction of resources.

The first thing that struck me about this book is how little has changed in the 27 years since it was published. People still believe the lies that raping the environment will create jobs, and that jobs are more important than protecting the planet. Now we heard a lot today, especially in the last ten minutes, from those good neighbors of ourn, Mr. Kathy Smith [ laughter ] about how dangerous this nuclear industry is. Uranium is poison, they say. Well I want to tell you folks something different: that uranium smells like money to me.

I mean thousands of jobs. Abbey appears to be very critical of the news media. At one point, one of the characters asserts that the only intelligent part of a newspaper is the Letters column.

When looking for wit, wisdom, knowledge or intelligence in a newspaper, any newspaper, your only hope is the Letters column. Sadly, though, this is no longer true.

With the proliferation of social media and online commenting, comments and letters have sunk to a new low. People now use online commenting to spew vitriol based upon pre-established beliefs about biased news articles. It seems that every day it becomes more and more difficult to find thoughtful and unbiased information regarding world events. As the book progresses, Abbey paints a bleaker, misanthropic view of humanity.

It appears that he acknowledges the good of individuals, but sees the whole of humanity as petty, mean-spirited, and just outright dangerous. Even families. Without giving away the story or spoiling anything, I will say that the gang is seeking to stop a machine called GOLIATH, which is a giant earth mover used in strip mining.

Symbolically, I see the machine as representing America as controlled by massive corporations, a mindless machine whose only purpose is to acquire and consume in an endless cycle until nothing is left.

Abbey implies that it is only through radical action and anarchy that our country has any chance of defeating the leviathan of greed that dominates our world. He waited, frowning into the gloom, looking two miles west at the glinting strobe light of the Super-G.

He heard no roar of motors. Was down, waiting. Waiting for him, Hayduke, George Washington Hayduke, father of his country. Not the America that was — keep it like it was? That will be like it was. Forward to anarchy. Death before dishonor. Live free or fucking die.

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This is a sequel to The Monkey-Wrench Gang which was published after his death. We also meet a bunch of Earth First! In a way it was fun to meet Hayduke and the Gang again but this book is not as well written as The Monkey-Wrench Gang and a bit too long. I found it a bit "sexist" as well in it's obsession with Erika, the buxom blonde Earth First! Abbey refers to her as " the Svenska ", "the Swedish girl" but both her name and accent is more German than Swedish. This was Edward Abbey's last book, and it was published after his death. It's likely that it wasn't quite finished at his death and that this explains some of its rough edges.

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The Monkey Wrench Gang is on probation and kind of hanging low. Anyone who does not take it seriously will be buried alive by a Mitsubishi bulldozer. The troubles are pretty simple. The book spins on efforts to halt the giant machine--"high as a hotel and taller than a grain elevator, heavier than Boeing jet liners, wide as a railroad barn or wider than six Caterpillar D-9 tractors lined end-to-end, with enough power to supply electricity for a city of ,! Naturally, they get their heads busted.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? George Washington Hayduke III was last seen clinging to a rock face in the wilds of Utah as an armed posse hunted him down for his eco-radicalist crimes. Now he is back with a fiery need for vengeance. In this sequel to the enormously popular and entertaining The Monkey Wrench Gang, Hayduke teams up with his old pals Doc Sarvis, Seldom Seen Smith, and Bonnie Abbzug in a battle against the world's biggest earth-moving machine. Fundamentalist preacher Dudley Love, the mastermind behind "G O L I A T H," wants to turn the Grand Canyon into a uranium mine, but not if eco-warrior Hayduke and his group of committed environmentalist friends have anything to say about it. Hayduke Lives!

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