The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Cent
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About the Author
James Howard Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestseller The Long Emergency. After college he worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone. In 1975 he began writing books and lecturing full time.
--Katharine Mieszkowski, salon.com "Kunstler is America's version of an Old Testament prophet, a stinging social critic who warns of dark days ahead if we do not change the way we live." --Brian Kaller, Pulse "Kunstler's book was shockingly readable and engaging....He covers a vast array of topics...I felt like I'd taken a crash course on Big Oil, Global Warming, and Geopolitics just to name a few."--Romi Lassally, Huffington Post "James Howard Kunstler's The Long Emergency may be destined to become the Dante's Inferno of the twenty-first century. It graphically depicts the horrific punishments that lie ahead for Americans for more than a century of sinful consumption and sprawling communities, fueled by the profligate use of cheap oil and gas. Its central message--that the country will pay dearly unless it urgently develops new, sustainable community-scale food systems, energy sources, and living patterns--should be read, digested, and acted upon by every conscientious U.S. politician and citizen." --Michael Shuman, author of Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age "If you give a damn, you should read this book." --Colin Tudge, The Independent (UK) "Kunstler concentrates on the continuing environmental instability and the political consequences of the fuel cessation in equal bouts and this makes for a well rounded argument." --Buzz (UK) "In the annals of doomsday literature . . . The Long Emergency is destined to become the new standard. . . . Demands frank consideration of what up to now has been unthinkable: that the ascendancy of the human race might have been a temporary phenomenon. . . . This case has been made before, but here it is made powerfully and articulately, with no apology and no hint of reprieve. . . . The Long Emergency represents a 'wake-up call' in the same sense that a hand grenade tossed through your bedroom window might serve as an alarm clock. The book is stark and frightening. Read it soon." --Jim Charlier, Daily Camera "A shrewd and engaging social commentator." --Sierra Atlantic "Adds a relentless, scary, and entertaining voice to the rising alarm about life after the cheap oil is gone. . . . The internal logic of the argument is persuasive, and one reads . . . the book with white knuckles." --Bryant Urstadt, technologyreview.com "Authoritative and eye-opening. His predictions for the future make for a page-turning 'Brave New World.'" --T-D (London) "James Howard Kunstler has given us, with his usual engaging wit and verve, a new kind
of post-apocalypse scenario. Instead of the nuclear or ice-age wasteland of our earlier imaginings, he has depicted with detailed extrapolation the civilization of the United States after the oil runs out and a great economic collapse occurs. It is a strangely arcadian vision, like the agrarian America that Jefferson, Calhoun, and the Southern Agrarians dreamed of. But Kunstler has fleshed it out with delightful quirky insights and provided our science fiction writers with a fresh mise-en-scene." --Frederick Turner, author of The New World and The Culture of Hope