Deep Economy

Pages: 272
Subject: Economics
Imprint: Oneworld

Deep Economy

Economics as if the World Mattered

Bill McKibben

Presents the idea that we need to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and pursue prosperity in a local direction. This book shows how this concept is blossoming around the world, from the burgeoning economies of India and China to the more mature societies of Europe and New England.
Hardback
9781851685967 (28 Sep 2007)
RRP £16.99

The Book

Is more really better? Can economies continue to grow indefinitely? And will our insatiable appetite for all things with a price tag finally bring the earth to its knees?





In this powerful and provocative manifesto, Bill McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our economy, arguing that our goal of endless economic expansion is currently destroying the planet, and with it, our humanity.


Rather then pursuing unlimited economic growth—a mindset that has brought the world to the brink of environmental disaster—we should concentrate on creating localized economies, and rethink the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. McKibben uses a variety of examples to show this concept blossoming around the world with striking results. Offering a realistic, if challenging, scenario for a hopeful future, he eloquently demonstrates that the more we nurture the essential humanity of our economy, the more we will recapture our own.

Additional Information

Subject Economics
Pages 272
Imprint Oneworld

About the Author

Bill McKibben is the author of ten books including "The End of Nature”, "The Age of Missing Information”, and "Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age”. A former staff writer, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College, and the recipient of many honorary degrees, as well as Guggenheim and Lyndhurst fellowships and the Lannan Prize in Non-Fiction writing. He lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.

Reviews

"What make McKibben's book stand out is the completeness of his arguments and his real-world approach to solutions."

- USA Today

"What make McKibben's book stand out is the completeness of his arguments and his real-world approach to solutions."

- USA Today

"An eloquent presentation of the case for revising ideas of wellbeing in the direction of sustainability, away from the crude measures of commercial transactions … an engaging, easily read book which saves until the end a message with stupefying political consequences.”

- Public, Guardian

"An eloquent presentation of the case for revising ideas of wellbeing in the direction of sustainability, away from the crude measures of commercial transactions … an engaging, easily read book which saves until the end a message with stupefying political consequences.”

- Public, Guardian

"Masterfully crafted, deeply thoughtful and mind-expanding. . . . An incisive critique of the unintended consequences of our . . . growth-oriented economy."

- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Injected with enthusiasm and a passion for changing ‘the way things are done', this book explores eating locally produced food and reinvesting in flagging communities and holds lessons for everyone."

- The Environmentalist (IEMA)

"You'll find a lot of books about economics on the shelves, and plenty about how to be greener - but this combines the two."

- Scotsman

"You'll find a lot of books about economics on the shelves, and plenty about how to be greener - but this combines the two."

- Scotsman