Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

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Macmillan, Mar 6, 2007 - Business & Economics - 261 pages
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The bestselling author of The End of Nature issues an impassioned call to arms for an economy that creates community and ennobles our lives
In this powerful and provocative manifesto, Bill McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our economy. For the first time in human history, he observes, "more" is no longer synonymous with "better"--indeed, for many of us, they have become almost opposites. McKibben puts forward a new way to think about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. Our purchases, he says, need not be at odds with the things we truly value.
McKibben's animating idea is that we need to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and pursue prosperity in a more local direction, with cities, suburbs, and regions producing more of their own food, generating more of their own energy, and even creating more of their own culture and entertainment. He shows this concept blossoming around the world with striking results, from the burgeoning economies of India and China to the more mature societies of Europe and New England. For those who worry about environmental threats, he offers a route out of the worst of those problems; for those who wonder if there isn't something more to life than buying, he provides the insight to think about one's life as an individual and as a member of a larger community.
McKibben offers a realistic, if challenging, scenario for a hopeful future. As he so eloquently shows, the more we nurture the essential humanity of our economy, the more we will recapture our own.
  

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Good writer, enjoyable and educational - Goodreads
I would never claim McKibben is a great writer. - Goodreads
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McKibben's premise is fairly simple. - Goodreads
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I'm a huge fan of dystopian literature, but this piece of environmental non-fiction has caused me to realize that the two genres have become indistinguishable. While I greatly appreciate the optimism ... Read full review

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This book should be read by everyone. The ideas put forward are brilliant and sadly over-relevant today. I wish this was a requirement for every economy/government/communications class out there Read full review

Contents

Introduction
After Growth
3
The Year of Eating Locally
44
All for One or One for All
93
The Wealth of Communities
127
The Durable Future
175
Afterword
225
Notes
231
Acknowledgments
246
Index
249
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Bill McKibben is the author of ten books, including The End of Nature, The Age of Missing Information, and Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.

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