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The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces from an Active Life

The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces from an Active Life By Bill McKibben The Bill McKibben Reader Pieces from an Active Life Powerful impassioned essays on living and being in the world from the bestselling author of The End of Nature and Deep EconomyFor a generation Bill McKibben has been among America s most impassione

  • Title: The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces from an Active Life
  • Author: Bill McKibben
  • ISBN: 9780805076271
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces from an Active Life By Bill McKibben Powerful, impassioned essays on living and being in the world, from the bestselling author of The End of Nature and Deep EconomyFor a generation, Bill McKibben has been among America s most impassioned and beloved writers on our relationship to our world and our environment His groundbreaking book on climate change, The End of Nature, is considered as important as RachelPowerful, impassioned essays on living and being in the world, from the bestselling author of The End of Nature and Deep EconomyFor a generation, Bill McKibben has been among America s most impassioned and beloved writers on our relationship to our world and our environment His groundbreaking book on climate change, The End of Nature, is considered as important as Rachel Carson s classic Silent Spring and Deep Economy, his deeply thoughtful and mind expanding exploration of globalization, helped awaken and fuel a movement to restore local economies.Now, for the first time, the best of McKibben s essays fiery, magical, and infused with his uniquely soulful investigations of modern life are collected in a single volume Whether meditating on today s golden age in radio, the natural place of biting black flies in our lives, or the patriotism of a grandmother fighting to get corporate money out of politics, McKibben inspires us to become better caretakers of the Earth and of one another The Plain Dealer Cleveland Michael Pollan
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    1. Andrew Blok on said:

      Bill McKibben wrote the first account for a popular audience of the science of climate change And, while I haven t read it, if it s anything like this collection, he did so with clarity and concision enough to make it accessible to most That seems to be the most impressive part of his writing I don t think I really liked these essays for their poetry, but for their commitment to getting across the basic truths of Bill McKibben s life and a few basic truths concerning the state of the planet s li [...]

    2. Stop on said:

      Read the STOP SMILING interview with Bill McKibben This interview originally appeared in the STOP SMILING Gambling Issue In 12 books and countless magazine articles written over the last quarter century, Bill McKibben has tracked and suggested a way to alleviate the impact of human life on the natural world In doing so, he has emerged as one of our most trenchant environmental writers and campaigners Over the past few years, he has organized the largest demonstrations against global warming in t [...]

    3. Vincent on said:

      What a good book A collection of essays up to almost 30 years old read over tow and a half years easy to carry on Kindle wherever I was which were really all striking Some I forwarded to family and friends The essays, especially towards the end of the book but that just adding dimensions gives a sort of vision to Bill McKibben as a person I am an active environmentalist and now I know this almost larger than life person sort of on an intimate basis albeit only from one side.This is the second c [...]

    4. Janelle on said:

      This was a thoroughly enjoyable read, the kind of collection that gives you lots to think about I kept saying to those around me hey, did you know that Bill McKibben is a thoughtful person and I always feel thoughtful when I read him This is a great overview of his writing career I recommend it

    5. Chris Casey on said:

      Really enjoyed this collection of articles Inspiring, thoughtful, and entertaining.

    6. Kate on said:

      Twenty years ago, Bill McKibben wrote the first account for a general audience of global warming The End of Nature became an environmental classic, widely compared to Rachel Carson s Silent Spring He has since writen a score of other books on nature andcultue, and most recently Deep Eonomy, which the Los Angeles Times called masterfully crafted, deeply thoughtful and mind expanding helped awaken and fuel a movement to restore local economics Over those two decades, he has written dozens of essay [...]

    7. Matthew WK on said:

      My ranking system is 3 stars worth a read 4 stars I would will read it again and 5 stars a classic to be read by future generations.Although I will probably not read this book in its entirity again, it is worth a read and there are several articles I would like to re read This is a collection of articles from the early 1980s to around 2006 They deal with a range of topics from enviornmental issues to the death of his day which is one of the best stories I couldn t put that article down There is [...]

    8. Patrick Walsh on said:

      Bill McKibben is a skilled and unpretentious writer This collection of previously published articles and essays is a pleasure to read and, lest one think that it is all about climate change, 350, or similar subjects, it is not.I am a fan of Bill McKibben He is one of two celebrities in my Twitter feed The other is Timothy Keller of New York s Redeemer Church Also, one of my prize digital possessions is a personal email message from Mr McKibben in which he responds to a personal letter that I sen [...]

    9. Ellen on said:

      Bill McKibben wrote in a piece in this book actually , The only way I ve ever been able to understand the Holy Spirit is as that force which, out of all the books in the world, puts a particular volume in your hand at a particular time And this was that book Simultaneously inspiring and depressing it outlined the history and future of the environmental movement and its fight against species extinction, consumerism, and global warming or a celebration of species restoration, local foods, and comm [...]

    10. Alyssa on said:

      I really like what Bill McKibben has to say in general, and this book is no exception It was interesting to read some older things by him, as well as his non environmental essays In some of the essays, I had a feeling of deja vu, and I realized that they had become chapters in some of his books that I have read McKibben is an excellent writer, the thought that goes into his writing, as well as his love of the topic, whether it is global warming, cross country skiing, or religion, always shines t [...]

    11. Elyssa on said:

      I didn t read all of the essays because not all of the topics were of interest to me The essays I did read were excellent including some about global warming written long before anyone was talking about this , his year of eating local food again, long before this was trendy , the hypocrisies of contemporary Christianity, a 1982 New Yorker article about homelessness, and best of all his essay about cross country skiing I look forward to reading the McKibben books in my to read list as a result of [...]

    12. Catherine on said:

      I like you, Bill McKibben You write about some incredibly depressing, terrifying subject matter But unlike many other writers about the increasingly dire state of the planet, you leave me with hope that humanity can figure stuff out and have a simpler, happier, future in close knit yet open minded communities I hope you are right.

    13. Cherie on said:

      B Really interesting essays by a great environmental writer I didn t relate as much to the religious stuff but the environmental essays were great and inspiring my favourite was the second to last essay about his addiction to competitive skiing while his father died I was in tears on the train when I f review edit it.

    14. Dayna on said:

      I thought his articles on cross country skiing and his father s brain tumor were outstanding The rest was a lot of repeated ideas global warming being the thrust of it , but that article about cross country skiing and his love of winter convinced me I want to try it

    15. Lila on said:

      so far i especially like the consuming nature piece, which does a stunning job of showing just how cyclically stuck we are in a form of self identification that is consumerism, always, even when seemingly veiled.

    16. Jimmy on said:

      This is a sampling of McKibben s articles for magazines for the most part I love his view of the world If all Christians were like him, the earth and life on it would be in much better shape right now.

    17. Rachel on said:

      great perspective on life and nature and humans on this planet glad i finally read something of bill mckibbens and this was a perfect window.

    18. Lee on said:

      Nice collection of McKibben s journalism A bit dated in places, but provides a good overview of his recurring themes.

    19. Mary Warner on said:

      The essays I managed to read were interesting, but I never seemed to have time to get to this book, so I didn t finish.

    20. Shawn on said:

      A solid collection of Bill McKibben s work from the early days at the New Yorker during the 1980s to later work in Harper s and many .

    21. Bob Peru on said:

      everyone should read bill mckibben, everyone now.hero bigtime hero.

    22. Melissa Robinson on said:

      I love Bill McKibben He s awesome on his own, but when I discovered he knew and got arrested with Granny D, it sealed the deal

    23. Missy Stults on said:

      Thoroughly enjoying the quality of writing and the general character of his short essays.

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