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by Bill McKibben
(Times Books, 2007, 272 pages)

The book just arrived in our offices and have yet to review it for this issue. Since the topic is very relevant to the theme of local communities, we are posting some reviews/blurbs about the book:

“I’d like to see Deep Economy read in every Econ 101 class. Bill McKibben asks the central human question: What is the economy for? The stakes here are terrifyingly high, but with his genial style and fascinating examples of alternative approaches, McKibben convinces me that economics is anything but dismal — if only we can learn to do it right!” – Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

“The cult of growth and globalization has seldom been so effectively challenged as by Bill McKibben in Deep Economy. But this bracing tonic of a book also throws the bright light of McKibben’s matchless journalism on the vibrant local economies now springing up like mushrooms in the shadow of globalization. Deep Economy fills you with a hope and a sense of fresh possibility.” Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

“How is our nation going to cope with global warming, peak oil, inequality, and a growing sense of isolation? Bill McKibben provides the simple but brilliant answer the economists have missed — we need to create ‘depth’ through local interdependence and sustainable use of resources. I will be requiring this inspiring book for my students, and passionately recommending it to everyone else I know.” Juliet Schor, professor of sociology, Boston College, and author of The Overspent American

“Bill McKibben works on the frontiers of new understandings and returns with his startling and lucid revelations of the possible future. A saner human-scale world does exist — just over the horizon — and McKibben introduces us to the people and ideas leading us there.” William Greider, author of The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy