This Land Is Our Land: The Struggle for a New Commonwealth


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Princeton University Press
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5.0 X 8.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Jedediah Purdy is professor of law at Columbia Law School. His previous books include After Nature, A Tolerable Anarchy, Being America, and For Common Things. He contributes to the New Yorker, the Nation, the New Republic, the Atlantic, n+1, and other magazines. He lives in New York City. Twitter @JedediahSPurdy


"Purdy has established himself as one of the most capacious, thoughtful, and timely writers to confront the great crises of the Anthropocene. I hope this book of gentle provocations finds its way into the hands of all those dreaming of a freer, greener, more just world."--Daegan Miller, author of This Radical Land
"Showcasing the ideas of one of our finest writers, political commentators, and environmental law scholars, this is a wonderful book filled with insight."--Katrina Forrester, Harvard University
"This is a pragmatic, bracing, and beautiful book about the inextricable connections between ecological health and human justice. Purdy's diagnosis is as persuasive as his call for new kinds of solidarity in pursuit of economic and environmental equality."--Jane Bennett, author of Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things
"This is a Thoreauvian call to wake up, to take up the long-forgotten work of building a 'world-renewing ecological commonwealth, ' forging alliances across all that keeps us apart, but that must hold us together if we are to survive the twenty-first century. Don't just read this book--think with it."--Laura Dassow Walls, author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life
"This Land Is Our Land is moving, unsettling, and, ultimately, inspiring--a profound meditation for our heedless era."--Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
"Exploring everything from the climate crisis to the rise of the Far Right, This Land Is Our Land manages to transcend partisan squabbling and sketch out a grounded and slyly hopeful account of a troubled twenty-first century. Purdy ties together aspects of politics in the Trump era that are easier to keep separate, and in doing so has written a book that will be a vital framework for understanding whatever comes next."--Kate Aronoff, contributor to The Intercept and writing fellow at In These Times
"This Land Is Our Land is a short book of great power by an exceptional writer and thinker. Challenging, dismaying, rigorous, inspiring, this is an urgent and important work about nature, land, and people for our Anthropocene moment."--Robert Macfarlane, author of Underland: A Deep Time Journey
"A work of analytical and moral clarity."---Greg Grandin,
"[A reminder] of just how capable human beings are of remaking the world, when it suits them."---Rachel Riederer, New Yorker
"This Land Is Our Land: The Struggle for a New Commonwealth . . . is . . . about how to live together once we've accepted that there is nothing more "natural" than living in society with other human beings, in a world in which politics and ecology have come to be one and the same. It's a book to read now and to think from. It's a call to action."---Aaron Bady, The Nation