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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 Great Escape
A True Story of Forced Labor and Immigrant Dreams in America
Saket Soni - 2023-01-24
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"An eye-opening look at the world of global itinerant workers . . .  The Great Escape  is a must-read." — The New York Times Book Review...
Bill McKibben
@RebeccaSolnit @saket_soni @ResilienceForce An amazing book      source
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marina gorbis
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The Big Myth
How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market
Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway - 2023-02-21
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The bestselling authors of Merchants of Doubt offer a profound, startling history of one of America's most tenacious-and destructive-false ideas: the myth of the "free market." ...
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Many thanks to @NaomiOreskes and @erikmconway for a truly important book. If 'markets solved all problems,' then the Arctic wouldn't be half-melted      source
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The Climate Book
The Facts and the Solutions
Greta Thunberg - 2023-02-14 (first published in 2022)
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This essential handbook from the world's leading climate activist, Greta Thunberg, offers hope and practical advice for securing a safe future for life on Earth. The Climate Book brings together the wisdom of over one hundred experts to equip readers with the knowledge needed to combat climate disaster. Thunberg shares her own experiences demonstrating and uncovering greenwashing around the world, revealing the full picture of our biggest challenge, but also our greatest source of hope. This is our decisive moment in history - and this book is a call to action.
Bill McKibben
@GretaThunberg @penguinpress I read it, and it's an awfully good book!      source
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What We Lost to Integration
A Parable of American Healing
Benjamin Todd Jealous - 2023-01-10
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What We Lost to Integration has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher....
Bill McKibben
So @benjealous has done an awful lot to make this nation--and this planet--work better. This book is important.      source
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Private Empire
ExxonMobil and American Power
Steve Coll - 2012-05-01
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Delve into the inner workings of Big Oil with this monumental exposé by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll. Private Empire is the first hard-hitting examination of the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States - ExxonMobil. Experience the thrill of the action as the book tracks the corporation's recent history, from the Exxon Valdez accident to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and highlights the central role it plays on the world stage. Introducing larger-than-life characters and exploring their high-stakes struggles, this news-breaking study is a defining portrait of Big Oil in American politics and foreign policy.
Bill McKibben
@amywestervelt @SteveCollNY This book is a masterpiece of investigative reporting      source
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Leading with Joy
Practices for Uncertain Times
Akaya Windwood, Rajasvini Bhansali - 2022-10-04
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Leadership in today's world needs to prioritize connection and compassion over competition and disconnection. Leading with Joy is a guide to help leaders find joy in their purpose and lead with courage and compassion. Through personal stories and reflection questions, authors Akaya Windwood and Rajasvini Bhansali show how principled leadership can create the conditions necessary for long-term social transformation. A must-read for anyone seeking to lead with kindness and inspiration.
Bill McKibben
Watch this interview with @AkayaWindwood and then read @LeadingWithJoy because it is a very special book. We need many many leaders--we need a leader-full movement #LeadingWithJoyBook      source
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Border and Rule
Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism
Harsha Walia - 2021-03-09
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Border and Rule is a must-read book that dives into the complexities of migration as a pillar of global governance and gendered racial class formation. Author Harsha Walia uncovers the brutal mechanics of state formation and shows how borders are used to divide the working class and consolidate imperial, capitalist, ruling class, and racist nationalist rule. Walia disrupts easy explanations for the migrant and refugee crises, instead revealing them to be the inevitable outcomes of conquest, capitalist globalization, and climate change generating mass dispossession worldwide. A clarion call for revolution, Border and Rule is ambitious in scope, internationalist in orientation, and essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the connections between state violence, capitalism, and right-wing nationalism around the world.
Bill McKibben
@HarshaWalia @nybooks It is a landmark book. Thank you for it      source
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Yellow Bird
Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country
Sierra Crane Murdoch - 2020-02-25
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Yellow Bird is a haunting work of literary journalism that tells the true story of Lissa Yellow Bird, an Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving a murder on her Indian reservation. The book explores the aftermath of the Bakken oil boom on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, as well as issues of violence, addiction, and corporate interests. It is an urgent and exquisitely written portrait of a complex woman's search for justice and redemption, and a profound examination of the legacy of systematic violence inflicted on a tribal nation.
Bill McKibben
@jacqules it's a wonderful book!      source
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The Ministry for the Future
A Novel
Kim Stanley Robinson - 2020-10-06
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This near-future novel explores the impacts of climate change, technology, politics, and human behavior. The Ministry for the Future was established to advocate for future generations and protect all living creatures. Through fictional eyewitness accounts, Kim Stanley Robinson weaves a visionary and powerful story of a future that is almost upon us. This impactful and original book presents both hope and despair in equal measure, making it one of the most powerful novels on climate change ever written.
Bill McKibben
@ChelskiLittle @SophieLGilbert much as i love Ministry for the Future, this is my very favorite of his books. There's some Twain in there      source
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Saving Us
A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World
Katharine Hayhoe - 2021-09-21
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Saving Us offers an engaging look at science, faith, and human psychology when it comes to climate change. Through the experiences of climate scientist and United Nations Champion of the Earth, Katharine Hayhoe, readers learn how to navigate the political and social minefield of climate change discourse. Rejecting scare tactics and guilt trips, Katharine offers a refreshing approach to engaging with others on this pressing issue by finding shared values. With warmth and humanity, she demonstrates how we can all play a role in saving our future.
Bill McKibben
An important book, this!      source
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The Overstory by Richard Powers
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The Madhouse Effect by Michael Mann
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