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Falter

Falter

‘This is Bill McKibben at his glorious best. Wise and warning, with everything on the line. Do not miss it’ Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

Thirty years ago, Bill McKibben wrote The End of Nature, the first book that alerted us to the dangers of climate change. Falter is a new call to arms, to save not only our planet but our very souls as well.

Over tens of thousands of years, through the harnessing of nature, the development of civilization, and the application of new technologies, human beings have created the world we live in. But as McKibben points out in this provocative and sobering look at the world today, we are fast approaching a tipping point, putting into question the viability of humanity itself.

McKibben argues that we have failed to recognize how individual actions often operated against our collective interest, and as a result we now face three daunting challenges – to adjust to a new life on a broken planet, to fight the hyper-individualism that now animates government and business; and to reverse the ways that technology is bleaching out the variety of human existence. He asks if we still retain the tools and social capital to fight these larger forces – and if we are willing to make the effort.
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Genre: Earth Sciences, Geography, Environment, Planning / The Environment / Pollution & Threats To The Environment / Climate Change

On Sale: 16th April 2019

Price: £20

ISBN-13: 9781472266507

Reviews

'The planet's best green journalist'
Time
'A love letter, a plea, a eulogy, and a prayer. This is Bill McKibben at his glorious best. Wise and warning, with everything on the line. Do not miss it'
Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine
McKibben is a man of many virtues . . . Almost no one has been writing about climate change longer or working to fight it harder than he has
New York Review of Books
'Probably the country's most important environmentalist'
Boston Globe
'I braced myself to plunge into this book about the largest and grimmest of situations our species has faced, and then I found myself racing through it, excited by the grand synthesis of innumerable scientific reports on the details of the crisis. And then at the end I saw the book as a description of a big trap with a small exit we could take, if we take heed of what Bill McKibben tells us here, and act on it'
Rebecca Solnit, author of A Paradise Built in Hell and Hope in the Dark
'No one has done more than Bill McKibben to raise awareness about the great issue of our time. Falter is an essential book - honest, far-reaching and, against the odds, hopeful'
Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction
It's not an exaggeration to say that Bill McKibben has written a book so important, reading it might save your life, not to mention your home: Planet Earth. Falter is a brilliant, impassioned call to arms to save our climate from those profiting from its destruction before it's too late. Over and over, McKibben has proven one of the most farsighted and gifted voices of our times, and with Falter he has topped himself, producing a book that honestly, everyone should read
Jane Mayer, bestselling author of Dark Money
[McKibben is] the Michael Jordan of climate change activism
VICE
While these dangers have been widely discussed, McKibben provides a fresh perspective with surprising examples and an engaging writing style
Jared Diamond, The New York Times
He has gathered the most vivid statistics, distilled history to its juiciest turns, and made the case as urgently and clearly as can be: The whole breadth of our existence - the 'human game' - is in jeopardy
Washington Post
Fascinating. . . McKibben is a mighty orator on the page here, just as he was in The End of Nature (1989) and Eaarth (2010), and his call for creating more compassionate and equitable societies is inspiring
Pacific Standard
Falter is McKibben's most powerfully argued book, and maybe his most important since The End of Nature 30 years ago. . . . It affirms him as among a very few of our most compelling truth-tellers about the climate catastrophe and the ideological forces driving it
The Nation
A deeply reported, broad-spanning investigation . . . Compelling
Outside
The strength of [McKibben's] writing on climate change is that its specificity burns away the mist from what, to most people, is a hazy issue
The Times