Since its publication in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. In
it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural and spiritual discipline. Today’s agribusiness, however, takes
farming out of its cultural context and away from families. As a result, we as a nation are more estranged from the
land—from the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it.
Sadly, his arguments and observations are more relevant than ever. Although “this book has not had the happy
fate of being proved wrong,” Berry writes, there are people working “to make something comely and enduring of
our life on this earth.” Wendell Berry is one of those people, writing and working, as ever, with passion, eloquence,
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