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THE LONG EMERGENCY: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Move over, Malthus. According to suburbia-hater Kunstler (Home from Nowhere, 1996, etc.), the world's going to hell in a handbasket—and in about 15 minutes, too.Aiming at the broadest side of the barn, Kunstler asserts that we're living in "a much darker time than 1938, the eve of World War Two." Why so? Well, for one, because the world's population is vastly overextended—never mind that Julian ... Read full review

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User Review  - grandpahobo - LibraryThing

Excellent analysis. Well thought out. The premise and conclusions are depressing, but so is a earthquake or hurricane. Since you can't prevent them, you might as well be as ready as you can be. Read full review

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Today it is all about climate change, but climate change may just be one symptom of a much larger problem for society, energy consumption. There is a very good possibility that we we are reaching a limit as to how much oil (energy) we can produce. Our society has been built on an assumption of unlimited supply of affordable energy. Kunstler makes a case that this model may not be flexible enough to survive on a limited diet of energy let alone a decreasing supply of fuel. His style of writing is pretty confrontational and uncompromising but in this case I think that might be the right tone. It is worth reading in any case. Even if it isn't happening now, it will happen eventually and we need to be facing its reality. 

Review: The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

User Review  - Richard Reese - Goodreads

James Howard Kunstler wrote The Long Emergency, which describes the fossil fuel tsunami, and how it is likely to shape our way of life in the coming decades. Kunstler's perspective is based on serious ... Read full review

Review: The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

User Review  - Jbpg - Goodreads

The author takes on the energy crisis and depletion of world oil supplies in a largely well-considered and immediately significant work. Occasional tirades against the artificiality of the stock ... Read full review

Review: The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

User Review  - Niek de Rooij - Goodreads

An eye-opener. Makes you see the world differently. Author would probably like to be called a realist, yet one may find him pessimistic - with wit. His central argument is compelling though, and his ... Read full review

Review: The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

User Review  - PS Carrillo - Goodreads

The message in this book is essentially that our post industrial lives of comfort and convenience will soon be over. And while it is understandable to rely emotionally on the idea of alternative ... Read full review

Review: The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

Whew boy! After catching Kunstler on the radio, I bought his book, and read it with great fascination and mounting alarm. As a scenario for disaster, this book should please fans of fiction writers ... Read full review

Review: The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

User Review  - Thom Foolery - Goodreads

One reviewer's thoughts, a decade after the book's initial publication: So what is my reaction after having recently read it a sixth time a decade later? Does its warning to the people of the ... Read full review

Review: The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

User Review  - Justin Quinn - Goodreads

This was a really interesting book. The part that lent it the most credibility were the comments about the coming housing crash just a few months before housing peaked. The one real oversight of the ... Read full review

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