Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $5.49 shipping
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future Paperback – March 4, 2008
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Challenging the prevailing wisdom that the goal of economies should be unlimited growth, McKibben (The End of Nature) argues that the world doesn't have enough natural resources to sustain endless economic expansion. For example, if the Chinese owned cars in the same numbers as Americans, there would be 1.1 billion more vehicles on the road—untenable in a world that is rapidly running out of oil and clean air. Drawing the phrase "deep economy" from the expression "deep ecology," a term environmentalists use to signify new ways of thinking about the environment, he suggests we need to explore new economic ideas. Rather then promoting accelerated cycles of economic expansion—a mindset that has brought the world to the brink of environmental disaster—we should concentrate on creating localized economies: community-scale power systems instead of huge centralized power plants; cohousing communities instead of sprawling suburbs. He gives examples of promising ventures of this type, such as a community-supported farm in Vermont and a community biosphere reserve, or large national park–like area, in Himalayan India, but some of the ideas—local currencies as supplements to national money, for example—seem overly optimistic. Nevertheless, McKibben's proposals for new, less growth-centered ways of thinking about economics are intriguing, and offer hope that change is possible. (Mar. 20)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Bookmarks Magazine
In offering straightforward solutions to the looming environmental crisis, Bill McKibben has marched directly into the middle of a heated debate. Critics' personal beliefs and politics shaped their reviews, which described Deep Economy as, alternately, a "masterfully crafted, deeply thoughtful and mind-expanding treatise" (Los Angeles Times) and a "book-length sermon on what is wrong with the way we live" (San Francisco Chronicle). Some reviewers found McKibben's solutions practical and the author refreshingly unpretentious, while others considered his vision utopian and his attitude self-righteous. However, they did agree that McKibben writes compellinglywith warmth, sincerity, and a sharp sense of humor. His resolute hope for the future will resound with readers no matter where their loyalties lie. But will it change any minds?
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
But I enjoyed this book.The author provides interesting information and his bibliography provided me with a good number of sources to follow up on for further study. This might be the book's greatest strength for the already converted. His anecdotal stories are refreshing and provide good perspective. All in all, the book was worth the time it took to read it. But, other than tidbits, this book didn't provide me with any significant new insights. Rather, it's more of a motivational and inspirational effort. For that reason, I think this book is best suited to the curious but unconverted. Those who have questions but still buy into the old dogmas that economic growth is our preeminent concern, that in order to feed the world we must continue with more and greater genetically modified food production, and that we need to continue mining the earth for every last mineral resource. This book could be to those folks what "Crunchy Cons" was to me some years back.
This book is not a deep analysis of certain key problems. Rather, it is a survey of a handful of issues and introduces readers to big concepts. In that role I thought it did very well. However, while the author spends a fair amount of time discussing food independence (perhaps the second or third most important theme in the book behind energy and human satisfaction), he never mentions permaculture. He really goes no further than saying that more intensely managed farmland can produce more food per acre than our current industrial mono-cropping models. While permaculture has gained in popularity quite substantially since this book's publication, it wasn't unknown at the time he wrote the book. So it's suprising that he never mentions it. And I think it's unfortunate that he doesn't even alert readers to the power of permaculture design. For anyone interested, the internet is rife with information on permaculture. (Start by Googling Geoff Lawton or Ben Falk.) But suffice it to say that, in keeping with the spirit of local food economies, a permaculture approach to food production provides more potential for stability and sustainability than any other agricultural model found around the globe. This seems like a substantial oversight in this book, despite it's many other good qualities.
To summarize, this book is interesting and encouraging. If you're already of a mind that local economies that provide more local stability are the future, this book may be redundant but still worthwhile. If you're not sure what you think or are looking for an alternative to the unquestioning "more efficiency and economic production" mantra of the mainstream political personalities of today, check this book out. And especially if you consider yourself a conservative who is increasingly non-plussed with the Republican party, give this book a considered and thorough read. You needn't agree with everything, but the underlying premises are spot on.
Prior solutions to the blue/green problem include an emphasis on green jobs, as Van Jones proposes. But Deep Economy takes things a step further, recognizing that a life closer to nature and the environment - a simpler life, driven by community rather than consumption - will result not only in a better economy, but happier people as well. It confronts the imprudent neoliberal idea that the economy, and the resource extraction required to spur it, can continue on infinitely, insisting that we need to have local, slow/no-growth economies.
This book isn't the most in-depth, and so it will not offer the most detailed theories and perspectives of the current system and the means to bring about change. But it is an enjoyable read, and because of that, something worth sharing with others. It's important that people be exposed to these kinds of ideas. And Bill McKibben seems to have some idea of what he's doing, given the actions of 350.org
When I read this book, I sighed with relief to know that finally, someone is talking about this stuff. Bill McKibben's ideas need to become the focus of the next big movements in America. They need to replace the pale-green, pseudo-environmentalism driven by consumption in America.