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Vying for the vista: Carleton Mabee’s final opus, Saving the Shawangunks

Vying for the vista: Carleton Mabee’s final opus, Saving the Shawangunks

The book is positioned as a celebration of nature’s fragile ecosystems and of the David v. Goliath community members (for David’s tactics, in this case, were largely litigatory) banded together to protect them. But in the moment-to-moment of the prose and in the very consciously balanced, 360-degree management of his facts, Mabee reveals himself mostly as a fastidious historian and no polemicist at all.