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The Long Emergency

The global oil predicament, climate change, and other shocks to the system, with implications for how we will live in the decades ahead. Published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in April 2005. Paperback coming in April 2006. What sets The Long Emergencyapart from numerous other books on this theme is its comprehensive sweep—its powerful integration of more »

The Long EmergencyThe global oil predicament, climate change, and other shocks to the system, with implications for how we will live in the decades ahead. Published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in April 2005. Paperback coming in April 2006.

What sets The Long Emergencyapart from numerous other books on this theme is its comprehensive sweep—its powerful integration of science, technology, economics, finance, international politics and social change—along with a fascinating attempt to peer into a chaotic future. And Kunstler is such a compelling, fast-paced and sometimes eloquent writer that the book is hard to put down.

–David Ehrenfeld
The American Scientist

 

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About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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