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The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Waking Up to Personal and Global Transformation Paperback – December 6, 2001

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THE LAST HOURS OF ANCIENT SUNLIGHT shines like a beacon in the darkness, an education about reality, a needed wake-up call, and a guidebook through the swamps of denial and ignorance into a brighter, sustainable future. Dan Millman Thom Hartmann is one of those people who puts it all together for us, explaining not only what has seriously gone wrong in the world but, even more important, all that can still go right. He is an awakener of the highest order. Marianne Willamson

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Thom Hartman is an award-winning author, international lecturer, teacher, and psychotherapist. His books have been written about in Time magazine, and he has been on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. A former journalist, editor, and occasional woodsplitter, he lives in Vermont with his wife, Louise.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback (December 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340822430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340822432
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thom Hartmann is the four-time Project Censored Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of 23 books currently in print in over a dozen languages on five continents.
Hartmann is also an internationally known speaker on culture and communications, an author, and an innovator in the fields of psychiatry, ecology, and economics.
The co-founder (with his wife, Louise) and former Executive Director of The New England Salem Children's Village (1978) and The Hunter School (1997), he has led national innovations in the areas of residential treatment for abused children and private/public education for learning-disabled children.
He has helped set up hospitals, famine relief programs, schools, and refugee centers in India, Uganda, Australia, Colombia, Russia, and the United States through the German-based Salem International program. Formerly rostered with the State of Vermont as a psychotherapist, founder of The Michigan Healing Arts Center, and licensed as an NLP Trainer by Richard Bandler (who wrote the foreword to one of Thom's books), he was the originator of the revolutionary "Hunter/Farmer Hypothesis" to understand the psychiatric condition known as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
A guest faculty member at Goddard College in Vermont, he also synthesized the "Younger/Older Culture model" for describing the underpinnings - and possible solutions - to the world's ecological and socio-political crises, suggesting that many of our problems are grounded in cultural "stories" which go back thousands of years.
Leonardo DiCaprio was inspired by Thom's book "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" to make the movie "The 11th Hour" (in which Thom appears), and Warner Brothers is making a movie starring DiCaprio and Robert De Niro from the book Thom co-authored with Lamar Waldron, "Legacy of Secrecy."
Talkers Magazine named Thom Hartmann as the 8th most important talk show host in America in 2011, 2012, and 2013 (10th the two previous years), and for three of the past five years the #1 most important progressive host, in their "Heavy Hundred" ranking. His radio show is syndicated on for-profit radio stations nationwide by Dial-Global, on non-profit and community stations nationwide by Pacifica, across the entire North American continent on SiriusXM Satellite radio, on cable systems nationwide by Cable Radio Network (CRN), on its own YouTube channel, via Livestream on its own Livestream channel, via subscription podcasts, worldwide through the US Armed Forces Network, and through the Thom Hartmann App in the App Store. The radio show is also simulcast as TV in realtime into nearly 60 million US and Canadian homes by the Free Speech TV Network on Dish Network, DirectTV, and cable TV systems nationwide.
His evening TV program, The Big Picture, is wholly owned by his own production company, produced in the RT studios, and licensed to and carried by Free Speech TV in the US, and into over 600 million homes in 104 countries via broadcast and cable by the RT TV network, and distributed worldwide on the web on Hulu.
As an entrepreneur, he's founded several successful businesses which still are operating, and lived and worked with his wife, Louise, and their three (now adult) children on several continents.
He was born and grew up in Michigan, and retains strong ties to the Midwest, although he and Louise have lived in New Hampshire, Vermont, Georgia, Germany, and Oregon...and now live on a boat in Washington D.C. with their attack-cat, Higgins.

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I have a hard time recommending this book outright because for those of you that have seen The Matrix, this is the red pill. If you read this book your perception of our world will be changed forever and it can't be taken back. If you are happy with your life and comfortable with the world your children will inherit then this book is not for you.

Thom Hartmann has put the history of humanity into a context that illustrates the current problems we are facing. From our dwindling energy resources to the consequences it will entail. This book will wake you up.

The first third of the book will show you what has gone wrong. Some may call it alarmist but even if only a quarter of it is based on fact and truth it is very scary indeed.

The second third discuses why we find ourselves in this position and where civilization made the wrong choices.

The last third of the book brings up what we may do to change our culture before if is to late.

I know this review may seem doomsaying and defeatist but look around yourself at the world and your relationship with it. Are you satisfied with what you see?

This book is a must read for everybody who wonders why there is a homeless person standing at their interstate offramp; it is for those of you who may be discouraged with your employer and the benefits you're given; it is for families worried about what sort of life they're children may live.

This book is important do not take this review lightly.
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The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, by Thom Hartmann, Mythical Books, 1998; Hodder & Stoughton, UK, 2001, 336 ff.

Anyone with any interest in our potential environmental catastrophe will have read many of these facts and warnings before. But rarely will the arguments have been presented so eloquently and passionately, and argued so logically, as they are in this book by a psychotherapist turned lecturer and journalist - and one who has taken the trouble to research his topic very thoroughly.

I have read many books on the state of the environment over the past thirty years, but still I found a wealth of new - and disturbing! - information in this book. This book should be required reading for anyone concerned about the state of the planet and what we can all do, each of us in our own small way, to try to hold our slide to oblivion. The overwhelming problems are: how to get governments and industrialists to listen and act; how to contain our ever expanding global population before war or pestilence or other natural disaster does the job for us; and how to curb the hedonistic excesses of individuals, especially in the West.

The book makes depressing reading in one sense because so many systems are obviously going wrong; but it is optimistic in another way because Hartmann gives us suggestions for what we could do to try to prevent global collapse.

Dr Howard A. Jones is the author of The Thoughtful Guide to God (O Books, 2006), The Tao of Holism (O Books, 2008), The World as Spirit (Fairhill Publishing, 2011) and Evolution of Consciousness (Fairhill, 2012)
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For many years, I have been aware of the growing, destructive, corporate mentality problem.

There have been so many fake omens and exaggerated predictions that there is a normal tendency to tune out and shut down.

But Thom Hartmann is no fool or headline seeker. He lays it all out very clearly.

Our water and "time" are running out.

As an avid reader (with several thousand books), I am afraid that I have some bad news.

"The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" is likely the most important book ever written.

I am, of course, assuming that you are not visiting from Neptune, Jupiter or another dimension, casually watching a live performance, called "The Last Hours of Mankind."

For an alien, it is probably like watching a completely predictable horror story.

But if you are an Earthling, uh...start reading The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Revised and Updated: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late...ASAP!

(Attention Aliens ONLY) For even more fun & laughs, order Leonardo DiCaprio's "The 11th Hour" DVD for only 5 bucks!!!
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Mr. Hartmann shares with his readers the alarming rate that our eco-system is deteriorating. This book, 'The Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight', is filled with vital statistics concerning the accelerating rate of polution, carbon dioxide, waste products,and other contaminents that are contributing to global warming. He warns us that if the countries of the world do not take the steps necessary to stop the warming effect and contamination of our waters, then we have but a short time left before life will cease to exist, at least on the surface of the planet. Thom Hartmann is well informed and has done his homework and sends a plea out to each of us to take the measures necessary to reverse global warming in all its aspects. This book is highly recommended for all those that are concerned about the welfare of life on this planet.
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