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Endgame, Vol. 2: Resistance

(Endgame #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,136 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Whereas Volume 1 of Endgame presents the problem of civilization, Volume 2 of this pivotal work illustrates our means of resistance. Incensed and hopeful, impassioned and lucid, Endgame leapfrogs the environmental movement's deadlock over our willingness to change our conduct, focusing instead on our ability to adapt to the impending ecological revolution. ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Seven Stories Press (first published June 1st 2006)
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Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, anth-sosh
Finally someone has put these thoughts into coherent arguments. Better than Volume 1 (because it deals more with action -- see my review here) Volume II is still far from perfect. But my overriding feeling about both is an excited gratitude that someone has actually written them. And regardless of the flaws, it is obvious that Jensen has put an incredible amount of thought and consideration into this work. It's not just a brainless rant against civilization, but composed rather of arguments that ...more
Randall Wallace
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For most of human existence (before the rise of agriculture) humans lived sustainably by nurturing their landbase through faith in it, not in technologies. “The landbase is not only primary, it is everything. It is the source of all life.” To this came the new non-sustainable singular “deal” offered by “Civilization”: “If you let us destroy your community and your landbase, we will give you money. If you do not accept the money, we will destroy you as well.” Before “Civilization” got to Iraq, it ...more
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Throughout the book I was reminded of Kurt Vonnegut. Both Vonnegut and Jensen use Jewish Holocaust examples to engender fear and illustrate the dangers of complacency. Both use slim facts to support an outrageous plan that feels shockingly plausible. Where Vonnegut uses quirky characters to point out flaws in the dominant paradigm, Jensen is passionate about dams and salmon using that struggle to offer rationale and action for change. While he advocates violence and specifically the use of explo ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
There’s some murky morality in Jensen’s second volume of Endgame. The first couple hundred pages are, again, somewhat rambling and continuation of a call to conscience. But then it starts to become more focused and we finally get to the purported title of the book. Assuming everything is fucked, what’s the endgame?

Jensen’s basic premise is that preservation of a healthy landbase is the primary ethic which should guide our actions. The current threat to a healthy landbase is civilization. The The
Jul 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
The second part (I have read both) of an angry environmentalists screed. I give it 4 stars because he still has a lot to figure out as far as recommendations and being a bit repetative,and because I am not sure I completely agree with his ideas of how to get to where we need to be, but this is one of the best books I have ever read.

He starts with a list of the basic principles of 'civilization,' which are basically focused on the use of power and violence to keep people in line and tear up the e
Virginia Arthur
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Somehow it made sense that as I was finishing up the second volume of these 'fingernails-on-a-chalkboard' tomes of truth (you want to put them down and run away but you can't because he speaks the gdmned truth),on the radio in the background, a representative from the House of Horrors, otherwise known as the U.S. House of "Representatives" 2015, was pontificating about the need for more dams in the western U.S. (Representative Rob Bishop of Utah who somehow ended up as the Chair of the House Nat ...more
Rift Vegan
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008
Yep, civilization is going to crash. There is no doubt about it. Jensen believes that by helping things along with direct action, we can cushion the crash: More humans will survive, more species of animals and plants will make it and there will be less overall violence. The direct action he is most interested in is taking out dams, but he also mentions taking out cell phone towers, computer hacking to disrupt corporations, disrupting transportation, putting holes in pipelines and disrupting the ...more
Nick Mather
The first volume of Endgame detailed the ecological crisis facing us and focused on 20 premises to prove his point. The second volume considers resistance and what can be done to battle a culture that is killing the biosphere. Jensen doesn't really provide specifics, because if he did he'd probably be carted off to jail. Instead, he argues that we each find and use our individual gifts to "dismantle globally, renew locally." As always, I'm not sure I agree with him that we need to take down all ...more
Apr 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who read Volume 1
The author (i've met him!) is extremely honest. No bullshit. Unapologetic. And an open heart. Civilization has to come down if we're going to save our landbase, and pacifism is a dead scene. He compares civilization to an abusive relationship, and by the time I'm done reading the book, I see no difference between the two. We are being F****d and we are F****d, and this book tries to put it in perspective, suggesting all kinds of ACTION to take. Book one is the problem, book 2 is solutions. ...more
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book does not deliver. Jensen gets you all worked up and ready to resist, and then gives you nowhere to go. How do we resist? A couple of sentences, referencing some good books on the subject written by authors bold enough to go there, would have been sufficient. A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching, for example. I was incredulous that after that many hundreds of pages, Jensen could not come up with a way to actually stop the machinery of civilization.
Jun 27, 2007 rated it liked it
With this book, Derrick Jensen finally breaks his number one rule of writing, which is: "Never bore the reader". After reading the amazing "Culture of Make Believe", I was expecting much more out of "Endgame" (1 & 2). However, there was enough important information scattered throughout this book that I gave it 3 stars instead of 2. ...more
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Geoffrey by: Jayme Melrose
Derrick Jenkins is a bit of a pompous ass. He sits at his keyboard and urges others to go and blow up things. I've always had trouble taking advice from folks who don't walk their talk. Still..... He makes some great arguments. A very thought provoking book. Well worth reading (with a largish grain of salt). ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great continuation of the ideas explored in the first volume, and a rational presentation of alternatives and possible solutions. The concept of our destructive culture explored here, as well as ways to stop it, are things that everyone on the planet should expose themselves to, whether or nit they agree with Jensen's line of thinking. ...more
Jen Pavich
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Derrick Jensen manages to combine logic, facts and a compelling writing style in a way that can call into question even the most revered and unquestioned of our societal values. Definitely worth reading (although you may get put on some sort of government list for buying it - LOL)
Dec 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Derrick Jensen has some good ideas, and writes well, but he is too in love with the sound of his own voice...
Dec 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"How is it conceivable that all our lauded technological progress - our very Civilization - is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal?" - Albert Einstein (quote on page 663) ...more
Rebecca K
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Better than the first...
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what I could say that could add to the reviews already listed. I keep buying these books because they are, by now, a component of the base that defines me. I already know what I believe and think at this point in my life. I'm almost 48 and I read a lot in my teens, twenties, and early thirties. I don't normally buy a lot of non fiction anymore although I now feel ready to again. These books, Endgame Vol 1 and 2, I always re-purchase to give or loan to people when I am trying to expl ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I actually read part 2 of this pair before reading part 1 and they probably should be read in the right order, but hey, v1 was out of stock. This book, like part 1, is a devastating attack on civilization as we know it. Jensen's major theme draws an analogy between the relationship between our society and nature, and that of an abuser and his victim. No stranger to abuse himself, and that's graphically clear from the writing, Jensen argues powerfully against passive resistance and pacifism. His ...more
Jen Hartley
Oct 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This book is blowing my mind. Derrick Jensen pulls no punches; he argues forcefully and convincingly that civilization needs to be dismantled as soon as possible because "civilization" is killing the planet. I'm glad that he writes that the process of writing this book is scaring him--it's scaring me too, but at the same time I can't help but agree with him. The logical conclusions that he draws, however, are that we should proceed to use any means necessary, ANY means, to save species and our o ...more
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2014
Repetitive. I basically agree with Jensen, even with his acceptance of violence. There are going to be multiple paths for achieving the goal of bringing down civilization, surely that will be one of them. (Ultimately I think the best weapon will be it's own bulk and abuse; it will bring itself down more than any of us will do so). There are some great points in this book. I don't even mind his persistent gloominess; it's understandable and appropriate, though admittedly hard to take for a book t ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Did Endgame need to be a 2-volume, 881-page monster? No--Derrick could probably use a firmer editor. The first part of volume 2 is especially repetitive. But it gets better, and it's still worthwhile. (Though if you're new to deep ecological critiques of capitalism, this is probably not the best place to start, haha.)

There are a few core aspects of his analysis that I disagree with; for example, I am not sure that the analogy between individual abusers and society as a whole is as ironclad as he
Blaine Morrow
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: dangerous-books
This is a dangerous book. Jensen wants an end to civilization, and he encourages violent means to accomplish that end. His arguments, which appear interspersed between rants, anecdotes, tantrums, and recalled conversations, follow from his conviction that civilization - basically, all of us - are destroying (really, raping) the world and therefore should ourselves be ravaged or destroyed. A better organized treatise might have been helpful, but that might also take away the despair, frustration, ...more
Dec 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
addresses possible solutions to all the problems of civilization that were mentioned in the first book. namely, bringing it (civilization) down. i like the way the author approaches the subject by being upfront that individual change is not going to make a big enough difference and neither is non-violent action. those murdering the earth and its members are psychopaths and can only be brought down by forces their size....

Apr 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
While it wasn't the revolutionary gospel I had hoped for, "Resistance" did it's job of lighting the way. I was hoping to hear less about damns and more about collective struggle and that is the only reason I would take a star away from this guy. He's brilliant and articulate and writes (and speaks) with a style that makes you want more of his thoughts. Endgame 1 and 2 are a must read for anyone new to the concepts Derrick Jensen. ...more
Richard Thompson
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A message that is probably too late to avert a very painful collapse of civilization, but maybe if people can still read when they begin to patch things together again a copies of the two volumes of ENDGAME (and books like THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING by Naomi Klein) will survive and there will be a slim chance that we can avoid doing the whole "go forth and multiply and have dominion over every bloody thing..." in the next iteration of the game. ...more
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beyond, non-fiction
This book has a few more personal meanderings than the first volume, and a couple of parts could have been edited better, but Jensen continues strong factual and persuasive writing in this second volume. He gives more examples of the way "civilization" is messing up life on this planet and offers a few solutions. ...more
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In this second part, Jensen pretty much picks up where he left off and I must admit I was steadying myself for another hard read but I found this volume had much more hope and was really glad to have stuck with it all the way through both of these large books. Totally great book and really important for everyone to read.
A very interesting and stark look at civilizations faults, with a radical view of what to do about them. Despite Jensen being very frank about what he believes needs to be done to save the planet, he doesn't actually recommend any specific actions or plans of actions. Although he comes off as extremely radical his analysis does make a frightening amount of sense. ...more
Feb 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: folks who worry about where the world is heading
derrick jensen introduced me to anarcho-primitivism. i don't know if i agree with most of it but he does force me to think about what civilization means and what actions i can change to make sure i don't keep being complacent with the world i'm living in. ...more
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Derrick Jensen is an American author and environmental activist living in Crescent City, California. He has published several books questioning and critiquing contemporary society and its values, including A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, and Endgame. He holds a B.S. in Mineral Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Eas ...more

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