"From Apocalypse to Way of Life" is the most stirring, comprehensive account of the environmental crisis since Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring." In vivid prose, Frederick Buell illustrates the growing complexity of our ecological catastrophe as well as the suffocating political and cultural forces that blunt our response to it.
In some quarters, the prophecies of doom have produced a Chicken Little syndrome: If the sky has not yet fallen, why should we believe it will? Buell counters with the hard facts about contemporary threats to human health--deforestation freshwater depletion, ocean pollution, biodiversity loss, synthetic hormones--while tracing the expressions of environmental apocalypse in popular culture.
With passion and eloquence, From Apocalypse to Way of Life shows us the crisis that is staring us in the face, and explains why we can no longer see it.
'Outstanding... an important book.' - Andy McLaughlin, author of Regarding Nature
'This is one of the best books I have read on environmental politics in a long, long time.' - John Barry, author of The Environment and Social Theory
'This is a fascinating book: a must-read for anyone anywhere who needs a good explanation of the environmental crisis we have learned to inhabit.' - Local Environment