The End of Growth

  • by Richard Heinberg
  • Narrated by Paul Boehmer
  • 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.
Richard Heinberg’s latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Written in an engaging, highly readable style, it shows why growth is being blocked by three factors:

Resource depletion
Environmental impacts
Crushing levels of debt
These converging limits will force us to re-evaluate cherished economic theories and to reinvent money and commerce.
The End of Growth describes what policy makers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth’s budget of energy and resources. We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the now-unattainable prize of ever-expanding GDP.


What the Critics Say

"Clearly written and argued... Heinberg's contrarian view on growth is highly recommended to all [listeners] interested in economics, sustainability, and future trends." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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A bit of a con job

I don’t’ typically write reviews, but I needed to get the strong feelings this book generated off my chest – not to mention my wasted money. I spend much time trying to educate myself on issues of the day. I do it to protect my investments that support my family and me. Given same, I thought it important to read this book given that the author believes that we will be facing some serious changes in the future. I was interested to know why he thought that and what his reasoning was.
I thought the first part of the book was interesting and in fairness, there were some good facts early on.
However, it quickly becomes obvious that this book is strictly written to sell the hyper-liberal position on Global warming, anti-corporatism, profit hate, etc.
This writer, comes very close to endorsing the writings of Karl Marx and goes on to basically say we all need to do is stop having kids, stop driving cars, stop flying in planes, forget about TV’s, iPods, iPads, make real good friends with our immediate neighbors and grow vegetable gardens – basically go back to the pre-industrial age. He recommends we check out communes with 50 people trying to make a go of it out in nature – that sounds great! He loves unlimited money printing and loves all kinds of different paper and fiat money. Not real money, not money that has intrinsic value, but lots and lots of depreciating money and lots of political promises.
Mr. Author, you must somehow be related to Paul Krugman? If not, you two must meet – it would be love at first sight.
Once we all go back to the Stone Age and fight his revolution and make all the bad people go away, I guess since he’s so smart and wrote a book, that he’d tell us he’s going to be in charge, sort of like Lenin in 1917. Sorry, we know how that turns out. Not buying what this guy is selling – a con.
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- Charles

Big Questions Discussed

What did you love best about The End of Growth?

It asks challenging and thought provoking questions that deal with the very future of mankind. It delivers an historical context that suggests that there is another way for humans to gladly live beside one another

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Community interdependence and how our mercantilist system destroys the very fabric of harmonious co-existence

Any additional comments?

Highly worthwhile listening!

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- James Chirnside

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-30-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio