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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Solar Survival Architecture; 1st edition (September 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962676705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962676703
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
These books are way ahead of their time. The author first describes the idea of a self-contained "earthship" -- a home that provides for it's own power, sewage, food and water needs. He then talks about the structure, the ideas behind it, and why it works. The rest of the book is all about how to actually build one. Don't pass this up, once you get the idea in your head, you'll want to build one of your own!
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By M. Sutton on November 30, 2012
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Like many of the other reviewers I am fascinated by sustainable housing. I was drawn to this technology after a some research online and in the library on earth sheltered homes. I would really love to inhabit an earthship of my own. For now though I've purchased the entire trilogy in the last year and enjoy reading through them.

The problem here is, this series of books was written in the early 1990s, making them 20 years old. In those 20 years Michael Reynolds and his crew have done a lot of tinkering and trial and error, managing to improve the system drastically. These leaps forward are not represented in these books. Some of the techniques enshrined within have been discarded completely as their flaws came to light.

I hope they do update in the future. I'll gladly get another set.

For now, the books have solid information, just be sure to do deeper research.
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2000
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I went to Taos and toured some of the "Earth Ship" houses, and they were wonderful. I bought the books there and read them cover to cover (on the way home). These books are full of good, practical, information. If you have access to old tires, empty cans, clay mud, you could build your own house. I haven't done a house yet, but I've done some other interesting projects using these principles.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By gb868596@oak.cats.ohiou.edu on May 22, 1999
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This book could change the world. Yes, a sweeping claim but just check it out if you are interested in living in harmony with the earth. Imagine living in a home you built yourself of materials all in overabundance in the states. Imagine never having to pay another utility bill! This book has it all baby! I'd like to build the world an earthship. A revolutionary idea for our screwy times> BUY IT READ IT GET IT DO IT!!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By H. Jane Chihal on August 11, 2006
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I've read the two volume Michael Reynolds "Earthship" Duo as a start to my new project to eventually design and build an energy independent and eco friendly retirement home. I'm not sure yet that I want a "composting toilet", but I do want to be educated about the entire process. This is the classic basic, The Earthship. It's a good way to start changing your mind set. How much hot water do I really need to be happy? Well organized and passionately written by someone who has dedicated a lot of thought to living responsibly on Mother Earth.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Cornell on February 18, 2008
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This book and the rest of the books in this series are the perfect recipe for living in harmony with the Earth. Reducing our carbon footprint is the challenge for this generation and this book series shows you how to do it - step by step. It's wonderful for the do-it-yourselfer and presents it in an easy-to-follow guide that gives even a novice the confidence that he/she can do it, too! I saw Earthships on several documentaries on Discovery channel and I am impressed by just how little energy they need to sustain themselves and how logical they are designed. I devoured this book and parts II and III as well. I can't recommend this series enough!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Heather Brown Truman on December 26, 2007
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Wonderful. Easy to read and understand (maybe a little too easy sometimes, but that's OK). We are preparing to build using this book, and we are really excited by the possiblities. I would reccomend this book (and have) to anyone interested in really understanding sustainable living. Great book.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By BruceK on May 6, 2012
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I got really interested in Earthships and sustainable living and wanted to know more, and also to support this effort.

The problem with this book, and my perceptions of the Earthship community in general is that to survive they have
to become at least ecnomically just like the corporations they seek to displace. That means some pretty strong
marketing and propaganda efforts of which this book in my opinion is part.

Now, that is OK, we all have to do market ourselves, but I am not sure I see a way for the average person to be
a part of this movement either in support of these communities or by investigating, investing and building their
own Earthship or spin-off of the technology.

From what I can see this appears to be a hierarchically formed organization with the big cheese at the top, and
when you look at Reynolds at least in his documentaries, he is to put it mildly a bit rough. The documentary
"Garbage Warrior" is so full of profanity and a one-sided point of view about the evils of the political system that
I was inspired and vexed at it at the same time.

Can you imagine the problems if everyone could do whatever they wanted to with their land? Some think that
is a great idea, I don't. On the other hand I totally agree with Reynolds and understand his frustration at there
being no real way for him to do development on this technology, and he should not have had to devote the
many years and absorb the many blows he had to in order to pursue his vision.
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