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William Ernest McKibben is an American environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and leader of the climate campaign group He has authored a dozen books about the environment, including his first, The End of Nature, about climate change. In 2009, he led's organization of 5,200 simultaneous demonstrations in 181 countries.
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The Power Line
Christopher Shaw - Aug 19, 2020
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In the nineteen-eighties, an amateur historian of the Adirondacks recorded the fading memories of an aging woodsman and bootlegger, searching for details about the old-time fiddle player and rustic builder Fran Germaine. The woodsman's wild tales faded into dust more than once until the discovery of a diary kept by Rosalyn Orloff, the socialist wri...
Bill McKibben
Mar 09, 2021
A great book by a great writer      source
Short Circuiting Policy
Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States (Studies in Postwar American Political Development)
Leah Cardamore Stokes - Apr 15, 2020
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In 1999, Texas passed a landmark clean energy law, beginning a groundswell of new policies that promised to make the US a world leader in renewable energy. As Leah Stokes shows in Short Circuiting Policy, however, that policy did not lead to momentum in Texas, which failed to implement its solar laws or clean up its electricity system. Examining cl...
Bill McKibben
Nov 30, 2020
@leahstokes @AES_Energy This is an awfully important book, one that people will be reaching for for a long time to come      source
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Jonathan Foley
Break 'Em Up
Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money
Zephyr Teachout - Jul 28, 2020
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"[We need] a grassroots, bottom-up movement that understands the challenge in front of us, and then organizes against monopoly power in communities across this country. This book is a blueprint for that organizing. In these pages, you will learn how monopolies and oligopolies have taken over almost every aspect of American life, and you will also l...
Bill McKibben
Jul 28, 2020
An utterly important book--and well-written too!      source
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Cory Doctorow
Brave Enough
Jessie Diggins - Mar 10, 2020
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Travel with Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins on her compelling journey from Americas heartland to international sports history, navigating challenges and triumphs with rugged grit and a splash of glitter  Pyeongchang, February 21, 2018. In the nerve-racking final seconds of the womens team sprint freestyle race, Jessie Diggins dug deep. Blowing...
Bill McKibben
Apr 12, 2020
Missing sports? Just finished this great book by skier @jessdiggs. An epic retelling of her gold-medal race, and an unflinching account of overcoming her eating disorder      source
The Overstory
A Novel
Richard Powers - Apr 02, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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The Overstory is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wa...
Bill McKibben
Apr 05, 2020
@MorgainePen1 So important a book      source
New York 2140
Kim Stanley Robinson - Mar 06, 2018
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A new vision of the future of New York City in the 22nd century, a flooded, but vibrant metropolis, from Kim Stanley Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of science fiction masterworks such as the Mars trilogy, 2312, and Aurora.A new vision of the future from Kim Stanley Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of science fiction ...
Bill McKibben
Feb 25, 2020
@BrooklynSpoke Must read: Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140. If you love New York, it's one of the best books since E.B. White. And it has a lot of boats in it      source
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William Henry
A Man to Match His Mountains
Badshah Khan, Nonviolent Soldier of Islam
Eknath Easwaran - Nov 01, 1984
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The dramatic story of Badshah Khan, the Muslim freedom fighter who raised the world's first nonviolent army. 242 pages...
Bill McKibben
Mar 15, 2019
@Cat_tankerous it's one of my favorite books--I read it every year      source
The Madhouse Effect
How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy
Michael Mann - Jun 26, 2018 (first published in 2016)
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The award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have been on the front lines of the fight against climate denialism for most of their careers. They have witnessed the manipulation of the media by business and political interests and the unconscionable play to partisanship on issues t...
Bill McKibben
Jun 27, 2018
if you wondered whether climate change had a (darkly) funny side, this book offers both science and snap      source
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Mario Picazo
Summer Hours at the Robbers Library
A Novel
Sue Halpern - Feb 27, 2018
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From journalist and author Sue Halpern comes a wry, observant look at contemporary life and its refugees.  Halperns novel is an unforgettable tale of family...the kind you come from and the kind you create.People are drawn to libraries for all kinds of reasons. Most come for the books themselves, of course; some come to borrow companionship. For he...
Bill McKibben
Feb 27, 2018
That book is by my favorite person on earth--and it's really really good!      source