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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
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin
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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
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Ellen
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,
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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, 350.org, 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
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Matthew WK
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
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Alyssa
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
Elyssa
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
Cherie
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 fhttp://www.goodreads.com/review/edit/... it.
Norma
reading Bill McKibben makes me realize I can do more to save the planet.
Catherine
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.
Janelle
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!
Dayna
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!
Lila
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.
Jimmy
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.
Rachel
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.
Shawn
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
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.
Lee
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.
Lucia
Especially good is the essay about Marthin Luther King Jr, God Within the Shadows
Amanda
I didn't read allll this, but there are some great gems in his essays.
Bob Peru
everyone should read bill mckibben, everyone. now.

hero. bigtime hero.
Jesse
This is a fantastic book. Mckibben is a very compelling writer.
Mark
Excellent stuff. Can't recommend it enough
Kati
Inspiring.
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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 350.org, 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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