The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration


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Simon & Schuster
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Jake Bittle is a journalist based in Brooklyn who covers climate change and energy. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Harper's Magazine, and a number of other publications. He is also a contributing writer for Grist.


"We know what climate change will do, now, if not precisely its scale. But we don't yet see clearly just what it will do to us--our families and communities and homesteads, not mention our politics and culture. Jake Bittle's The Great Displacement is a bracing, vivid tour of the new human geography just coming into view and warning us of what's to come."
--David Wallace-Wells, New York Times bestselling author of The Uninhabitable Earth

"Jake Bittle travels from Florida to California to see how climate change is already altering people's lives. The Great Displacement is closely observed, compassionate, and far-sighted."
--Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Under a White Sky

"It's hard to imagine a more timely book--as climate chaos gathers momentum, more and more people are forced to make the hardest of human decisions: to leave home and make a new life elsewhere. This deeply-reported account brings those stories to life, and with them a host of policy choices that could make this new era a little less disastrous."
--Bill McKibben, author Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

"Jake Bittle draws close to those communities that are being fundamentally reshaped by climate change and he sticks around, long after the disaster declarations are over, to ask one of our era's most pressing questions: when we are forced to leave the places that have long defined us, what will we encounter on the other side?"
--Elizabeth Rush, author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

"Until now, the word 'displaced, ' has never been strong enough to accurately conjure up what it really means: people driven from their homes, but not out of their countries, by the disruptive forces of climate-driven disasters. America already has millions of such people. We can't call them 'refugees' because they're still here in America. Jake Bittle has found a way to bring us their individual accounts to tell the larger story of a failing system--extreme weather, government error and inaction, and corporate and individual greed have come together to drive an unfolding catastrophe, which already impacts us all."
--Eliza Griswold, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Amity and Prosperity

"The foregrounding of individual voices adds to the book's power and sense of urgency, and Bittle is an expert explainer of policy matters...A captivating look at a pressing issue."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Urgent, perceptive...a simultaneously fascinating and unnerving report brilliantly delivered."
--Kirkus Weekly, starred review

"Bittle provides vivid descriptions and accessible technical explanations, but the most powerful parts of his narrative detail the lives of the individuals...He poses disturbing questions: where are all these uprooted people supposed to go?...Powerful and moving."
--Booklist, starred review

"A superb storyteller, Bittle is at his finest as a chronicler of the loss of place and the sense of belonging, and the frustration that financial constraints pose for the victims of natural disasters."
--The American Prospect