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The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces from an Active Life

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Powerful, impassioned essays on living and being in the world, from the bestselling author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy

For a generation, Bill McKibben has been among America's most impassioned and beloved writers on our relationship to our world and our environment. His groundbreaking book on climate change, The End of Nature, is considered "as important as Rachel
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Jan 07, 2009 Stop added it
Shelves: interviewees
Read the STOP SMILING interview with Bill McKibben:

(This interview originally appeared in the STOP SMILING Gambling Issue)

In 12 books and countless magazine articles written over the last quarter century, Bill McKibben has tracked and suggested a way to alleviate the impact of human life on the natural world. In doing so, he has emerged as one of our most trenchant environmental writers and campaigners: Over the past few years, he has organized the largest demonstrations against global warming i
Feb 01, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing
"Twenty years ago, Bill McKibben wrote the first account for a general audience of global warming. The End of Nature became an environmental classic, widely compared to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. He has since writen a score of other books on nature andcultue, and most recently Deep Eonomy, which the Los Angeles Times called masterfully crafted, deeply thoughtful and mind-expanding.' helped awaken and fuel a movement to restore local economics.

"Over those two decades, he has written dozens of
Patrick Walsh
Bill McKibben is a skilled and unpretentious writer. This collection of previously published articles and essays is a pleasure to read and, lest one think that it is all about climate change,, or similar subjects, it is not.

I am a fan of Bill McKibben. He is one of two "celebrities" in my Twitter feed. The other is Timothy Keller of New York's Redeemer Church. Also, one of my prize digital possessions is a personal email message from Mr. McKibben in which he responds to a personal letter
Matthew WK
Dec 20, 2013 Matthew WK rated it really liked it
My ranking system is 3 stars = worth a read; 4 stars = I would/will read it again; and 5 stars = a classic to be read by future generations.

Although I will probably not read this book in its entirity again, it is worth a read and there are several articles I would like to re-read. This is a collection of articles from the early 1980s to around 2006. They deal with a range of topics from enviornmental issues to the death of his day (which is one of the best stories - I couldn't put that article d
Feb 16, 2016 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Bill McKibben wrote (in a piece in this book actually), "The only way I've ever been able to understand the Holy Spirit is as that force which, out of all the books in the world, puts a particular volume in your hand at a particular time."

And this was that book. Simultaneously inspiring and depressing it outlined the history and future of the environmental movement and its fight against species extinction, consumerism, and global warming. ...or a celebration of species restoration, local foods,
Feb 22, 2009 Alyssa rated it really liked it
I really like what Bill McKibben has to say in general, and this book is no exception. It was interesting to read some older things by him, as well as his non-environmental essays. In some of the essays, I had a feeling of deja-vu, and I realized that they had become chapters in some of his books that I have read. McKibben is an excellent writer, the thought that goes into his writing, as well as his love of the topic, whether it is global warming, cross-country skiing, or religion, always shine ...more
Dec 10, 2008 Elyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays
I didn't read all of the essays because not all of the topics were of interest to me. The essays I did read were excellent including some about global warming (written long before anyone was talking about this), his year of eating local food (again, long before this was trendy), the hypocrisies of contemporary Christianity, a 1982 New Yorker article about homelessness, and best of all his essay about cross-country skiing. I look forward to reading the McKibben books in my to-read list as a resul ...more
B+ Really interesting essays by a great environmental writer; I didn't relate as much to the religious stuff but the environmental essays were great and inspiring; my favourite was the second-to-last essay about his addiction to competitive skiing while his father died. I was in tears on the train when I f it.
Apr 13, 2015 Norma rated it really liked it
reading Bill McKibben makes me realize I can do more to save the planet.
Nov 03, 2011 Catherine rated it really liked it
Shelves: green
I like you, Bill McKibben. You write about some incredibly depressing, terrifying subject matter. But unlike many other writers about the increasingly dire state of the planet, you leave me with hope that humanity can figure stuff out and have a simpler, happier, future in close-knit yet open minded communities. I hope you are right.
Jul 17, 2008 Janelle rated it it was amazing
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read, the kind of collection that gives you lots to think about. I kept saying to those around me "hey, did you know that..." Bill McKibben is a thoughtful person and I always feel more thoughtful when I read him. This is a great overview of his writing career. I recommend it!
Oct 02, 2008 Dayna rated it liked it
I thought his articles on cross country skiing and his father's brain tumor were outstanding. The rest was a lot of repeated ideas (global warming being the thrust of it), but that article about cross country skiing and his love of winter convinced me. I want to try it!
Sep 21, 2009 Lila rated it liked it
so far i especially like the 'consuming nature' piece, which does a stunning job of showing just how cyclically stuck we are in a form of self-identification that is consumerism, always, even when seemingly veiled.
Aug 24, 2010 Jimmy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: environment
This is a sampling of McKibben's articles for magazines for the most part. I love his view of the world. If all Christians were like him, the earth and life on it would be in much better shape right now.
Nov 29, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
great perspective on life and nature and humans on this planet. glad i finally read something of bill mckibbens and this was a perfect window.
Jan 22, 2010 Shawn rated it it was amazing
A solid collection of Bill McKibben's work from the early days at the New Yorker during the 1980s to later work in Harper's and many more.
Melissa Robinson
I love Bill McKibben. He's awesome on his own, but when I discovered he knew (and got arrested with) Granny D, it sealed the deal!
Mary Warner
Aug 21, 2009 Mary Warner rated it liked it
The essays I managed to read were interesting, but I never seemed to have time to get to this book, so I didn't finish.
Jul 28, 2008 Lee rated it liked it
Nice collection of McKibben's journalism. A bit dated in places, but provides a good overview of his recurring themes.
Missy Stults
Jan 18, 2009 Missy Stults is currently reading it
Thoroughly enjoying the quality of writing and the general 'character' of his short essays.
Jun 30, 2008 David rated it it was amazing
Apr 09, 2011 Lucia rated it it was amazing
Especially good is the essay about Marthin Luther King Jr, God Within the Shadows
Jul 28, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it
I didn't read allll this, but there are some great gems in his essays.
Bob Peru
Mar 21, 2008 Bob Peru rated it it was amazing
everyone should read bill mckibben, everyone. now.

hero. bigtime hero.
Jan 14, 2009 Jesse rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book. Mckibben is a very compelling writer.
Oct 15, 2008 Mark rated it it was amazing
Excellent stuff. Can't recommend it enough
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Bill McKibben is the author of Eaarth, The End of Nature, Deep Economy, Enough, Fight Global Warming Now, The Bill McKibben Reader, and numerous other books. He is the founder of the environmental organizations Step It Up and, and was among the first to warn of the dangers of global warming. In 2010 The Boston Globe called him "probably the nation's leading environmentalist," and Time maga ...more
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“In fact, corporations are the infants of our society - they know very little except how to grow (though they're very good at that), and they howl when you set limits. Socializing them is the work of politics. It's about time we took it up again.” 11 likes
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