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The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Revised and Updated: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late Paperback – April 27, 2004
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-- Neale Donald Walsch, author of "Conversations with God
"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, author of "Way of the Peaceful Warrior and "Everyday Enlightenment
"Thom Hartmann writes one of the most rousing, raging, and right-thinking works of our time."
-- Jean Houston, author of "Jump Time and "A Mythic Life
"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 Williamson, author of" Healing of America
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Thom Hartmann deserves to be recognized as a philosopher because of his clarity of thought and the quality of his observations and arguments.
The various topics are diverse but interrelated. It's difficult to perfectly summarize the contents of thie book, but Hartmann addresses each aspect of life with a sad wisdom and a hopeful optimism.
He addresses anthropocentrism: the tendency humans have to view the rest of the world as valuable only if is can be used or appreciated by people. This type of thinking has been instrumental in our gradual and steady distance from nature in many ways. Hartmann explains why distance from nature is detrimental to the health of the planet, to our bodies and our psychological well-being.
Specifically, Hartmann opens up a relatively unnoticed world of history, in the tradition of Howard Zinn, Derrick Jensen (A Language Older Than Words) and Daniel Quinn (Ishmael). His candor is needed, and his analysis of history and contemporary culture is at once astonishing, necessary and intriguing. Chapter after chapter his words, ideas and citations challenge you to think, to wonder and reconsider human behavior and lies.
He has borrowed some ideas from the aforementioned authors and put them to good use. He is a better writer than Daniel Quinn, who delivers a choppy, amateurish prose in spite of his good intentions. Hartman better converys his ideas, so if you're one of the millions of fans of Ishmael, I guarantee you'll want to buy or rent this book.Read more ›
I would give a more detailed or articulate description, but I lent my copy out the day I finished reading it, and several people are already waiting in line to borrow it. If there is a book to buy multiple copies of and give away, this is the best one I have found. Do not let it sit on the bookshelf indefinitely - after you read it, pass it around, from one person to another, making sure it never stays the same place, unread, for long. If you must keep a copy for your own reference, at least buy a second one to pass around to your friends.
John Nelson MD, author The Remembering, Healing the Split, Sacred Sorrows.
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This review of the first edition appeared in White Crane Journal of Gay Men's Spirituality, #63 Winter 2004/05
Thom Hartmann’s The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight is an... Read more
This book is well researched and has so many good ideas. This is a diamond in the rough.Published 1 month ago by Tony S.
Read this with an open mind, our future depends on it. I loved this book , it's had a profound impact on my worldview and gave me hope for a better tomorrow. Read morePublished 2 months ago by RV
This book an excellent document in so far as it brings attention to our human disregard for subtle earth energies that are so essential to our long term survival on this planet. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ciaran
The futility of it all is disheartening but of course there will always be those who hold remnants of hope. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anthony
The first part of The Last Hours is shocking, devastating, and tragic. Even for someone who's fairly literate in the global crisis, it triggers a deep sense of betrayal by and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Abner Rosenweig
A wonderful perspective on the history of human cultures and how it shapes our minds and governs our behavior, simultaneously showing our close relationship to the environment and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Riaz M.