Magazine article In These Times

Books for the Biosphere

Magazine article In These Times

Books for the Biosphere

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BOOKS FOR THE BIOSPHERE

A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN SEVEN CHEAP THINGS

Raj Patel and Jason IN. Moore

(October 2017)

Like deadly sins and dwarves, the keys to understanding capitalism come in sevens. Eco-Marxists Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore use the cheapening of nature, money, work, care, food, energy and lives to trace how capitalism has transformed human society and our ecological role. The end result: the modern era, exemplified not in "the automobile or the smartphone but the Chicken McNugget."

EXTREME CITIES

Ashley Dawson

(October 2017)

For Ashley Dawson, "environment" evokes less the Amazon than jungles of the concrete kind. The climbing human population in cities, plus their vulnerability to disaster, key role in global capitalism and vibrant movements for justice, make them the primary site of climate struggle, Dawson argues. In the wake of this season's hurricanes, the battle for sane climate policy has never felt more pressing. …

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