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"The Last Myth is an important and moving analysis of the apocalyptic impulse that impels this culture toward its destructive ends, and an even more important and moving exploration of what we can and must do about it."--Derrick Jensen, author of Endgame

"If you want to know what's really happening in the reality-gap between our culture and our politics, and how we can refocus our efforts on real problems rather than just fears, The Last Myth lays it out in brilliant detail. A must-read book!" --Thom Hartmann, Bestselling author and international radio and TV show host


"The ability to distinguish between genuine perils-like climate change-and less fearsome ones is as key a skill as there can be at this tough moment, and this book has some truly interesting thoughts about how to do it."--Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

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Mathew Barrett Gross is considered one of America's top new-media strategists. Mel Giles is a successful web author whose work has reached more than two million readers and has been reprinted on MichaelMoore.com.
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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616145730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616145736
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very well-written and covers an interesting topic.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Z. Shaw on March 21, 2012
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The Last Myth enriches and expands our understanding of the times we live in. It goes far beyond what we might expect of a book about the end of times. Through a fascinating historical narrative buoyed by strong empirical evidence, this exemplary work of nonfiction sets forth a case for transforming America's hegemonic and flawed concept of 'infinite progress' as we hurtle toward an unsustainable and collectively ugly resource-depleted future. In doing so, it becomes the panacea for the mindless mindfulness of the New Age. It makes sense of the teeming Rapture-ready herds champing at the armageddon bit. It defines, deconstructs and disposes of our modern secular culture of apocalyptic obsession. In short: it blows asteroids out of the sky.

In the end, The Last Myth may change the way you think about your place in the grand scheme of things. But perhaps more importantly, it will steel you for the times to come, and equip you for the times you are living in right now. Supervolcanoes, asteroids and pandemics are the laughably improbable bogeymen for a decline that's already taking place. Peak oil, economic collapse, global warming and income inequality factor high on the authors' TEOTWAWKI list for good reason. Unlike far-flung extinction level events that we can do very little about except grin and bear, the scientific community is lined up to support the authors' assertions. American collapse is simply the other side of the hard-fought bell curve that the baby boomers giddily bounced on top of when they got back from the war. Now far beyond driven into the red, the authors point to chunks of the American Dream as they crumble off, and warn us of the next pieces to fracture, only this time perhaps more violently.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sundeen on February 22, 2012
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One of the rare books that changed the way I understand the world. I started thinking that end-timers had been around forever, but Gross and Gilles through meticulous research and dazzling persuasion show that this doomsday thinking is a product of Judeo-Christianity in general and post-Atom-bomb America in particular. Why does this matter? Because in a culture of Chicken Littles, we've come to ignore and mock the latest predicted catastrophe--be it Y2K or bird flu or the Mayan calendar--all the while standing paralyzed in the face of the climate crisis that is not a figment of our cultural imagination, but an unavoidable fact.

It might sound like a dense academic treatise but Gross and Gilles are not wonks but actual writers, and the prose is vivid, swift, and conversational. I read it in two long sittings. The books it reminded me of are Ecology of Fear by Mike Davis and What's the Matter with Kansas by Tom Frank, books that massage with wit while clobbering with information, giving that rare and delicious sensation of having your mind pried open and filled with new ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Fanatic TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 1, 2012
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This book took a while to get going for me but the second half was very good. The authors are much too pessimistic of technological solutions for my taste but that's OK because their opinion is worth considering. This book shows how apocalyptic thinking both secular such as environmentalism and religious developed. The second half of the book goes deeply into the nature and consequences of apocalyptic thinking and the danger we are in if we continue to maintain those attitudes. Overall I liked the book and think it is worth reading for the thinking reader. It is a rather unusual take on the subject and I appreciate something new once in a while.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kiley on April 14, 2012
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Not only will it change the way you think it will change your life. We are now in a time that we must all make changes in our lives. We cannot wait for governments to make the changes, we must make the changes. We must take responsibility for all that we do and change. This book is a beautifully written history about humans and our belief systems. From secularists to religion lovers. A good mind bending read that is full of amazing history. Easy to read, you wont want to put it down & at the end you will want more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rocco mastrangioli on March 24, 2013
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If you are a prepper or worry about the end of the world, then hop on and take a ride to the past and see where all this end of the world or America thinking comes from. You will be surprised, especially if you are religious, that our holy books do not talk about the apocalyptic endings but come from other sources. Incredibility interesting, and revealing and also it scares me more than a Stephen King book, but also offers hope for the future like a Roddenberry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cmwoodys on June 16, 2012
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Absolutely amazing book! THE LAST MYTH is a must-read for both religious and non-religious. I wish I could give it Ten-Stars, it was that good! I am an undergraduate student in Religious Studies and I will be using this book as a foundational resource for an upcoming 5-page paper discussing the effects/influence of apocalyptic religious theology on government policies, laws, etc. Bravo, bravo, bravoooooo a piece of work you both should be very, very proud of! Thank you for the opportunity to be a first-reader! Here's to freedom from the hypnotic spell of apocalyptic thinking and to the releasing of the desire to see who is right or wrong in the end!
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