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Whole Earth by John Markoff
Mar 22, 2022 | ISBN 9780735223943

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“As it became obvious that one human being has had a stupendously outsized influence on ecology, technology and culture, the question arose: ‘Why haven’t we seen a picture of the whole Stewart Brand?’ Now we have oneJohn Markoff’s superbly researched, lucidly written, and perceptively nuanced portrait of this extraordinary earthling.” —Steven Levy, author of Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

“A fascinating account of one of the most intriguing and enigmatic figures in modern American environmental history.  It is impossible to understand the complicated and fiercely contested evolutions of environmentalism without understanding the life and work of Stewart Brand and his Whole Earth eco-pragmatism. John Markoff provides the first complete biography of Brand and his remarkable many lives. An important contribution to recent reevaluations of the counterculture and the lasting impact of leading figures like Brand on American history, economy, environment, and culture.” —Andrew Kirk, author of Counterculture Green: The Whole Earth Catalog and American Environmentalism

“Stewart Brand would have been Stewart Brand without the 1960s, but the 1960s would not have been the 1960s without Stewart Brand. I read this entire book in one sitting—it’s like finding your parents’ diary, and finally learning, OK, so that’s what happened. Lots of missing pieces fell into place.” —George Dyson, author of Turing’s Cathedral

“To understand Silicon Valley, you need to understand Stewart Brand. Here John Markoff delivers the definitive biography of Brand’s extraordinary life, from sleepy 1950s Stanford to the Summer of Love, the birth of personal computing, and the great disruptions of the online age. A deeply reported, engrossing tale of an American idealist and a society remade by belief in the transformative, liberating power of digital technology.” —Margaret O’Mara, Author of The Code

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