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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (January 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594518122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594518126
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Derber, professor of sociology at Boston College, makes a radical but persuasive argument that our current form of capitalism, with its short-term thinking, is the cause of climate change, and that we can't solve the latter without confronting the former. He contends that in order to be moved to action sufficient to avert calamitous global warming, we need to feel the crisis viscerally, not just understand it intellectually, and forge solutions that not only ward off the long-term catastrophe but also help solve today's most burning crises: economic deep recession, vanishing jobs, unstable oil prices, Middle East wars, rotten education, deteriorating public infrastructure, poverty, and financial insecurity. Derber is optimistic about Obama's strategies but foresees enormous structural obstacles to their implementation, and concludes that social justice and environmental movements—however riddled with weaknesses—are our best last hope for solving global warming on the urgent time scale required. Despite the urgency and seriousness of his message, Derber conveys an appealing enthusiasm that may inspire concerned citizens to action rather than apathy or despair. (Mar.)
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Charles Derber is one of our most astute and eloquent social critics. . . His political analysis is persuasive and is enlivened by graceful prose. --Howard Zinn<br /><br />Charles Derber is one of our most astute and eloquent social critics. . . His political analysis is persuasive and is enlivened by graceful prose. --Howard Zinn<br /><br />Charles Derber's urgent call to action on climate change connects to realistically upbeat ways to help resolve our energy, peace, and employment challenges. To read this book is to react with personal and social action. --Ralph Nader<br /><br />There's no way to solve climate change without also shifting, in profound ways, our idea of what constitutes success and growth and progress. This is the right book at the right and crucial moment. --Bill McKibben<br /><br />There's no way to solve climate change without also shifting, in profound ways, our idea of what constitutes success and growth and progress. This is the right book at the right and crucial moment. --Bill McKibben

There's no way to solve climate change without also shifting, in profound ways, our idea of what constitutes success and growth and progress. This is the right book at the right and crucial moment. --Bill McKibben

Charles Derber is one of our most astute and eloquent social critics. . . His political analysis is persuasive and is enlivened by graceful prose. --Howard Zinn

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Charles Derber is Professor of Sociology at Boston College and has written 17 books - on politics, economy, capitalism, war, the culture wars, culture and conversation, and social change. He writes for and has been reviewed in the NY Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Truthout, and other leading media. His books are translated into Chinese, Korean, Tamil, German and Polish- and he is a bestseller in South Korea, done extended book tours in German bookstores and blues coffee houses, and has lectured in Italy in June for seven years. Derber is a public intellectual - shortlisted for best book in current affairs - who believes that serious ideas should be written in an accessible and entertaining style.His most recent book is Sociopathic Society: A People's Sociology of the United States. He is also a life-long social justice activist and a terrific public speaker - so contact him and try to lure him to a public talk. Check out his Youtube presentations. He is married and has a beautiful Wheaten Terrier dog named Mojo, who lives up to his name.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Social Scientist Consumer Victim on January 11, 2010
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Most books on global warming, including Al Gore's, try to persuade the readers that the problem is real and danger is grave. They then propose essentially market solutions, like "cap and trade", and call for a changes in individual consumer life style. GREED TO GREEN offers a radically different perspective. The market is not the solution, but the source of the problem. The environment has long been sacrificed to capitalist greed. The biosphere cannot sustain the American consumer lifestyle much longer. The devastation will be even more brutal if America's habits spread beyond its boarders, especially to "developing" countries like China or India. However, Derber proves the American citizenry did not adopt this way of life voluntarily, but were coerced by the corporation with the cooperation of the state. Public transportation networks, including rail and trolley, were ripped out to force people to buy private cars. Real estate developers undermined downtowns to drive people into suburbs, resulting in long commutes and heavy carbon emissions. So long as economic policy is orchestrated to enhance the profit of the corporate rich, the needs of the environment and the public will be neglected. A change in lifestyle is essential, but that will not occur so long as corporate capitalism persists. There is little time left to act. Vast economic and political changes must precede new individual lifestyles. Derber tells us how this possible. I urge anyone concerned with the viability of the biosphere, which hopefully is all of us, to read this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A customer on January 12, 2010
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I have been a Charles Derber fan for years. He is among America's most articulate public intellectuals, offering trenchant analyses of the connections among cultural values, the imperatives of capitalism, and corporate hegemony. If forced to choose, Greed to Green may be the single book among his works that I would have everyone read. Derber takes on what is arguably the most pressing social problem in human history - the urgent, time-limited need to control global warming in order to save the world. If you have doubts about the reality of imminent environmental catastrophes, this book will persuade you both intellectually and emotionally about the need to act without delay. If you possess light green environmental sensibilities, this book will transform you into a deep green advocate for immediate action. As troubling as it is to read Derber's cogent presentation of the scientific realities we face, his compelling analysis provides a hopeful guide for averting our collective demise.

At the core of this book is the well-argued position that the materialistic, individualistic, greedy, profit-driven, short-term thinking of America's version of capitalism is a central cause of the environmental degradation that so gravely threatens our common future. It is, then, a welcome paradox that the current economic crises caused by the internal contradictions of capitalist accumulation can provide the stimulus for a green regime change. Throughout the book, Derber explores how we need to "trick time" by responding to our immediate economic and social crises in ways that have long-term beneficial consequences for defeating global warming. Greed to Green artfully plays out the wisdom that crises and opportunities are intimately linked.
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Great book; bought it here because it was less expensive than doing so at my school's bookstore. With chegg around I doubt kids will buying books any longer.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Dolgin on March 14, 2010
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Charles Derber's GREED TO GREEN is insightful and alarming. At stake is the survival of civilization. Derber's optimism that grassroots effort led by current President Obama can overcome corporate political power is clearly detailed. The reader is challenged to take action now before it's too late.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avid Shopper on March 13, 2014
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I thought I would try this book to get some enlightening information on how the country got here and where it could go if things get better. The author could never get me there. The first couple chapters feel like they never end with endless statistic type information. I felt like I was reading a research journal. I thought books like this were supposed to take journals and condense the info in a different and interesting way, or maybe I'm just wanting too much. Not for me.
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