TitleAgainst the Grain
AuthorRichard Manning
ImprintRichard Manning Ltd
Sales rank4.5


In this provocative, wide ranging book, Against the Grain, Richard Manning offers a dramatically revisionist view of recent human evolution, beginning with the vast increase in brain size that set us apart from our primate relatives and brought an accompanying increase in our need for nourishment For 290,000 years, we managed to meet that need as hunter gatherers, a state in which Manning believes we were at our most human at our smartest, strongest, most sensually alive But our reliance on food made a secure supply deeply attractive, and eventually we embarked upon the agricultural experiment that has been the history of our past 10,000 years.The evolutionary road is littered with failed experiments, however, and Manning suggests that agriculture as we have practiced it runs against both our grain and nature s Drawing on the work of anthropologists, biologists, archaeologists, and philosophers, along with his own travels, he argues that not only our ecological ills overpopulation, erosion, pollution but our social and emotional malaise are rooted in the devil s bargain we made in our not so distant past And he offers personal, achievable ways we might re contour the path we have taken to resurrect what is most sustainable and sustaining in our own nature and the planet s.



Against the Grain By Richard Manning

March 2 to 3, 2013 Coming back to this book after 2.5 years stewing in sustainable agriculture, environmental history, and Deep Ecology, made me realize how impressive Manning s accomplishment with this book was He fits a vast argument deftly into a relatively short space, giving detailed attention ... (Sign in to see more)

Richard Reese

Against the Grain By Richard Manning

Agriculture is one of humankind s most troublesome experiments, and it is now hopelessly in debt It has borrowed soil, water, and energy that it can never repay, and never intended to repay burning up tomorrow to feed today We know it, we keep doing it, and we have dark hallucinations about feeding ... (Sign in to see more)


Against the Grain By Richard Manning

I was a bit unsure what to expect from this book Manning starts out with some history of agriculture, and conflicts between agricultural and hunter gatherer type communities and throughout I was rather expecting a Derrick Jensen type conclusion like down with agriculture, return to the hunter gather... (Sign in to see more)

Sean Goh

Against the Grain By Richard Manning

Reads like a agriculturally focused version of Jared Diamond s Guns Germs and Steel On huntingHunting enlivens the senses like no other experience, giving me a taste of what it must be like to truly see and hear.The human beings who maintain these hyper refined senses are hunter gatherers Their impr... (Sign in to see more)


Against the Grain By Richard Manning

Agriculture has domesticated humans This is the argument at the center of Richard Manning s stunning history of food Written with journalistic flavor, Manning explores the ways that agriculture has diminished human life and threatens the planet itself.The book begins by exploring the hunter gatherer... (Sign in to see more)


Against the Grain By Richard Manning

I was stunned when I picked up this book I d been reading about the history of agricultural societies for a while, and reading between the lines that agriculture has changed our society for the worse Against the Grain took all of my ideas and solidified them.I had two disappointments with the book F... (Sign in to see more)


Against the Grain By Richard Manning

Some of the sociohistorical evidence that Mr Manning brings up to back how agriculture has hijacked civilization are really fascinating and at times shocking The book exposes the reader to substantial bits and pieces of anecdotes from history from the perspective of how our society has evolved and w... (Sign in to see more)

Brandon Grace

Against the Grain By Richard Manning

Interesting explorations of the impacts of agriculture on our civilization, but the case seems a bit overstated It will definitely enlighten readers to the negative unintended consequences of our society, but they are not the only factors in our current dilemmas.


Against the Grain By Richard Manning

This book consists of two halves a history of the world and a political polemic For almost all of our existence as a species, humans have been hunters, fishers and gatherers People have been eating parts of hundreds of plant species if some were deficient in some nutrients, others compensated for th... (Sign in to see more)


Against the Grain By Richard Manning

I think this book was unfortunately made irrelevant by a similar but better book, The Omnivore s Dilemma, not long after its publication At least, I assume Omnivore s Dilemma came after, or it s hard to believe Manning would not have quoted Pollan even once Still a fascinating and alar... (Sign in to see more)

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