Maybe 1

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Simon & Schuster, Jan 1, 1998 - Social Science - 254 pages
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From the groundbreaking author of The End of Nature -- a provocative book that presents a compelling, environmentally sound argument for saving the planet through voluntary population control.

Bill McKibben's books and essays on our environment -- both physical and spiritual -- have shaped and spurred debate in America since The End of Nature was published in 1989.

In Maybe One, McKibben tackles the most controversial of all environmental issues -- overpopulation. He points out that we live in an age when the planet's limitations are being tested every day -- and when voluntary reductions in childbearing could make a crucial difference. Drawing on his own experiences as the father of just one daughter, McKibben also argues that having only one child will hurt neither your family nor our nation -- and that it can, in fact, be an optimistic and rewarding step toward ensuring a healthy future for our planet.

For readers concerned about the census bureau's prediction that there will be 400 million Americans by 2020, or for those who wonder how many children are necessary to lead a full and happy life, Maybe One will provide the basis for topical, powerful thought and discussion.

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Bill McKibben grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the "Talk of the Town" column from 1982 to early 1987. After quitting this job, he soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. Several editions have come out in the United States, including an updated version published in 2006. His next book, The Age of Missing Information, was published in 1992. It is an account of an experiment: McKibben collected everything that came across the 100 channels of cable tv on the Fairfax, Virginia system (at the time among the nation's largest) for a single day. He spent a year watching the 2,400 hours of videotape, and then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. This book has been widely used in colleges and high schools, and was reissued in 2006. McKibben's latest book is entitled, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Bill currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and his daughter, Sophie in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College. 030

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