Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Last Whole Earth Catalog - Electronic Edition

This was the single most enjoyable and important book I owned back in the early seventies. I was living and going to school in California and was trying so hard to get back to the land. I did for a while, and over the course of a few years quite literally wore the cover off of this wonderful resource.

The Last Whole Earth Catalog originally published in 1971 has been released as an electronic edition. It is fully searchable and is as valuable a resource today as it ever was.

From the site
After the WHOLE EARTH CATALOG and its descendants ceased publication, New Whole Earth LLC, headed by entrepreneur and philanthropist Samuel B. Davis, acquired the intellectual property and physical assets of the family of publications from the Point Foundation.

We thought it was important to preserve the heritage of the WHOLE EARTH CATALOG and its succeeding publications. Although the CATALOG's heyday was during a specific and turbulent period of American history, the ideas found in it and in its related publications continue to engage the brightest minds of the 21st century—and Whole Earth LLC believes that those ideas should be preserved as they were originally disseminated.

This collection is not complete—and probably never will be—but it is a gift to readers who loved the CATALOG and those who are discovering it for the first time. The great stuff found on these pages is a celebration of the genius of Stewart Brand and all those associated with the WHOLE EARTH family of publications.

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