The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces from an Active Life

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 4, 2008 - Social Science - 464 pages
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Powerful, impassioned essays on living and being in the world, from the bestselling author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy

For a generation, Bill McKibben has been among America's most impassioned and beloved writers on our relationship to our world and our environment. His groundbreaking book on climate change, The End of Nature, is considered "as important as Rachel Carson's classic Silent Spring"* and Deep Economy, his "deeply thoughtful and mind-expanding"** exploration of globalization, helped awaken and fuel a movement to restore local economies.

Now, for the first time, the best of McKibben's essays—fiery, magical, and infused with his uniquely soulful investigations of modern life—are collected in a single volume, The Bill McKibben Reader. Whether meditating on today's golden age in radio, the natural place of biting black flies in our lives, or the patriotism of a grandmother fighting to get corporate money out of politics, McKibben inspires us to become better caretakers of the Earth—and of one another.

*The Plain Dealer (Cleveland )
**Michael Pollan

 

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User Review  - BobVTReader - LibraryThing

There are a few things that Bill and I don't agree about. Had dinner with him this fall and I did not bring up areas that we disagree on. For one thing he is a very engaging person. Second his writing ... Read full review

THE BILL McKIBBEN READER: Pieces from an Active Life

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An active life indeed—and, as prolific author/environmentalist McKibben (Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, 2007, etc.) writes, even a charmed one.McKibben got out of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
I AT HOME IN NATURE
7
II THE CHANGING PLANET
55
III CONSUMED
91
IV COMMUNITIES
181
V HEROES
235
VI THE TURN TO ACTIVISM
301
VII TIME MOVING AND MEANING
357
Acknowledgments
423
Permissions
425
Index
429
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Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books, including The End of Nature, Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age, and Deep Economy. 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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