The next twenty years will be completely unlike the last twenty years. The decisions you make today are critical. The world is in economic crisis, and there are no easy fixes to our predicament. Unsustainable trends in the economy, energy, and the environment have finally caught up with us and are converging on a very narrow window of timethe "Twenty-Teens." With solid facts and grounded reasoning presented in a calm, nonpartisan manner, The Crash Course explains our predicament and illuminates the path ahead so you can face the coming disruptions without fearing the future or retreating into denial.
Our money system places impossible demands upon a finite world. Exponentially rising levels of debt, based on assumptions of future economic growth to fund repayment, have shuddered to a halt and are reversing, with severe and lasting consequences.
Oil is essential for economic growth. The reality of dwindling oil supplies is now internationally recognized, yet virtually no developed nations have a Plan B. The economic risks to individuals, companies, and countries are varied and enormous. Best case: living standards will drop steadily worldwide. Worst case: systemic financial crises will toss the world into jarring chaos.
This book is written for those who are motivated to learn about the root causes of our predicaments in order to protect themselves and their families, mitigate risks as much as possible, and control what effects they can. With challenge comes opportunity. The Crash Course offers a positive vision for how our lives can become more balanced, resilient, and sustainable.
The world is changing. It's time to get busy. The Crash Course will show you how.
Praise for The Crash Course
"Chris Martenson gave up a successful and conventional career to study the two great problems that we face: running out of critical resourcesespecially carbon-based energyand a congenital failure to process unpleasant facts. Reading The Crash Course will help you recognize how dangerous our future is likely to be and will help you prepare for it. It is a job well done." Jeremy Grantham, cofounder and Chief Investment Strategist, Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo
"Among the handful of observers making sense of the economic scene, Chris Martenson is the most astute, coherent, and comprehensive. Reading Chris is like stepping out of a room full of smoke and mirrors into daylight." James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency
"Economists did not predict the Great Recession of 2008; Chris did. He looks deeper into the numbers than most and has found a painful future if we do not make a major turn. I deeply appreciate him for doing this work. He uses hard data to back up the self-evident common sense that if we do not consciously manage our natural resources and business relationships to give priority to the common good, we will face dire consequences. This is serious. Read this book." Terry Mollner, Board Member, Ben & Jerry's
"Chris addresses fundamental economic and energy issues in understandable terms and provides engaging perspectives. Readers will learn a great deal from his work." Dr. Robert L. Hirsch, lead author of The Impending World Energy Mess
Chris Martenson reveals a disturbing convergence of three great trends that will profoundly influence the quality of life on planet Earth. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Timothy Doyle
The next 20 years are not going to be like the last 20. Martenson gives his data, draws conclusions and leaves you with the tools to take back control of your life from a sea of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Freemind
This book gives an excellent summary of world resources and how they will play into the future. While the author has done a great job of presenting the material, it will shock most... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve
While there are many a book written post 2008 about our current economic world and its questionable sustainablity, this is a differently angled view; one from not only a finance... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marlon Varsace
Chris Martenson has done his homework. I appreciate that this book was not gloom and doom. He lays out the facts and gives some simple guidance on how to be prepared for the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Russel Thompson
Many people recognize the problem of exponential growth in energy use or in population, but Martenson forces us, with compelling logic, to see how several serious problems are... Read morePublished 6 months ago by david potts
Substantial and meaningful statistics are presented.
Concepts discussed are generally based on science, although conclusions are arguable. Author acknowledges this fact. Read more