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Size matters. And .progress., as it translates into sprawl, congestion, resource depletion, overpopulation, the decline of communities and the rise of corporate rule, is quite literally killing us. In his landmark work Human Scale, Kirkpatrick Sale details the crises facing modern society and offers real solutions, laying out ways that we can take control of every facet of our lives by building institutions, workplaces and communities that are sustainable, ecologically balanced, and responsive to the needs of the individual. As relevant today as when it was first published in 1980, this remarkable book provides a fascinating perspective on the last quarter-century of .growth. and anticipates by decades the current movement towards relocalization in response to the end of cheap oil.

Human Scale has been made available through New Catalyst Books. New Catalyst Books is an imprint of New Society Publishers, aimed at providing readers with access to a wider range of books dealing with sustainability issues by bringing books back into print that have enduring value in the field. For more information on New Catalyst Books click here.


About the Author

Kirkpatrick Sale is the author of a dozen books, including After Eden: The Evolution of Human Domination, Rebels Against the Future: The Luddites and Their War on the Industrial Revolution, The Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy and Dwellers in the Land: The Bioregional Vision. One of the pioneers of the bioregional movement, he was named by Utne Reader as one of 100 living visionaries. He is currently the Director of the Middlebury Institute-a think-tank for the study of separation, secession, and self-determination.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: New Catalyst Books (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897408064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897408063
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,036,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By brauticat on February 22, 2014
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Approaching 35 years old, this book is poignant and prescient. Do you feel something is amiss when you think of politics in these United States? Do you feel sort of like Neo in The Matrix? Well, Kirkpatrick Sale would tell you that so much of the life around you from the politics, the government, the thinking, the technology is all too big to succeed and beyond the scope of human management, thus leaving you the individual out of touch the with the forces that control your own life. The act of voting (that great and touted instrument of change!) itself doesn't even translate into any tangible results or meaningful difference, or the difference is contrary to what you voted for. Well, here friend, is the outline of the problem and some viable solutions. A must read.
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