Break Through

  • by Ted Nordhaus, Michael Shellenberger
  • Narrated by Jeff Cummings
  • 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Environmental insiders Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus triggered a firestorm of debate with their self-published essay, "The Death of Environmentalism". In this eagerly anticipated follow-up, the authors expand upon their argument that the paradigms driving the environmental movement and much of liberal politics are outdated and ineffective. A politics centered on restricting human growth and development, they point out, does not resonate with the primary concerns of either the developing world or insecure modern Americans: nor can it solve a problem as large and complex as global warming. What is needed instead, they argue, is a new kind of development, motivated by an optimistic vision of the future that integrates ecological, social, and economic change. By shifting from a politics of fear and limits to one of expansive possibility, they say, we can galvanize American creativity and enterprise to tackle our most pressing challenges.

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What the Critics Say

"'The Death of Environmentalism'...has provoked a civil war among tree-huggers for its assertion that 'modern environmentalism...must die so that something new can live.' Sad to say, the authors are right." (New York Times)

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A New Look at the Environment

This is a fresh look at how to approach the deteriorating condition of the globe as well as minkind's role in the problem and practical approach to solutions. The positive approach of how to solve environmental concerns was refreshing. However, the criticism of past approaches was overdone and somewhat counterproductive.
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- Linda

Trojan horse for the free market

Nordhaus and Shellenberger give us a new vision of post environmentalism, an ugly nightmare where wilderness and biodiversity are all just human constructs and people revert into fantasy to find reality. In a world of finite resources the infinite possibilities of our imaginations cannot trump the real world of limitations. Nordhaus and Shellenberger have been watching too much T.V.
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- William Shock

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-21-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.