Part of the “Longman Topics” reader series, Listening to Earth explores nature and environmental conflict in the United States from personal and thematic perspectives. Focusing on today's environmental issues, this engaging collection contains a wide range of readings that cover a variety of topics, attitudes, and rhetorical styles. It presents essays, articles, and fiction that probe the contradictions surrounding environmental issues in the United States today and presents arguments for using, conserving, preserving, and finding pleasure, beauty, and spirituality in land. “Longman Topics” are brief, attractive readers on a single complex, but compelling, topic. Featuring about 30 full-length selections, these volumes are generally half the size and half the cost of standard composition readers.