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  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.; First Edition edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805076271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805076271
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Collected here are 44 trenchant essays written for various publications over the past 25 years by an astute observer of contemporary life and the environment. In some, McKibben reflects on personal experiences; in others, he discusses the sources of his environmental activism. Many of the pieces deal with global warming—the subject of McKibben's first book, The End of Nature, and the folly of endless growth—the theme of his more recent Deep Economy. All have something to say that is worth hearing, but it is the collection's pervasive sense of hope for the world that sets apart these provocative, beautifully written essays. Though McKibben worries about consumerism and the environment, he sees reason for optimism, too, rejoicing in the simple spirituality he finds in his hometown church, the popularity of old-fashioned state fairs, the return of forests to the eastern United States, the transformation of a town in Brazil into a haven for pedestrians, the success of sustainable farming in Cuba and the recent involvement of evangelicals in the environmental movement. There are all sorts of sweet things in this world, McKibben writes, many of which are us, and many of which are not. Thankfully, McKibben has borne witness to them with grace and style. (Mar. 4)
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“McKibben has just edited The Bill McKibben Reader, an anthology of forty-four essays on topics as diverse as being arrested at a demonstration, spending time with writer Wendell Berry and putting his Christian faith into action.”—Susan Larson, The Times Picayune (New Orleans)

"Those who think in shades of green shouldn't miss The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces from an Active Life, a compilation of 44 previously published works from the author of The End of Nature. The essays, collected over two and a half decades, contain surprising turns of logic—in one McKibben argues for the reintroduction of wolves to the Adirondacks while comparing the embattled animals to SUV's—as well as humor and a refreshing pragmatism."—Adirondack Life

"Collected here are 44 trenchant essays written for various publications over the past 25 years by an astute observer of contemporary life and the environment. . . . All have something to say that is worth hearing, but it is the collection's pervasive sense of hope for the world that sets apart these provocative, beautifully written essays."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A welcome anthology whose constituent pieces, all well written, retain every bit of their urgency."—Kirkus Reviews

More About the Author

Bill McKibben is the author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy, and numerous other books. He is the founder of the environmental organizations Step It Up and 350.org, and was among the first to warn of the dangers of global warming. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dale on February 17, 2012
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This compilation of Bill's writings over a period of years and with a variety of topic builds a strong case for living in harmony with nature and others.

An insight for me was his converstions connecting nature, creation, and our responses as a 'professing Christian' but not always 'acting Christian' nation.

When out in even 'tame' wilderness, it soon becomes apparent to me that I am not at the center of things. This thing about living is not about 'ME' and it's not about 'YOU', but it is about 'US' and how we treat each other and our neighbors.

Worth pondering.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Reed on December 27, 2008
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Had heard McKibben talk recently in Concord MA, but had never read any of his writings. Found this book to be both well written and an excellent introduction to his position on sustainability. Has inspired me to read more of his works.
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2 of 21 people found the following review helpful By G. Steen on May 7, 2008
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Excellent writing, some of it already in his new Deep Economy. Mckibben has the ability, now he needs to focus his attention on where the American community should be going now that everyone except Exxon knows that global warming is for real.
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