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The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation

Describes the first-ever Earth Day held in 1970 and discusses the ensuing rise of the environmental movement that has since grown to become a major source of inspiration to Americans and others around the world.--from Macmillan Publishers

Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest

In 1940, Phoenix was a small, agricultural city of sixty-five thousand, and the Navajo Reservation was an open landscape of scattered sheepherders. Forty years later, Phoenix had blossomed into a metropolis of 1.5 million people and the territory of…

Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History

This concise, accessible introduction to the history of oil tells the story of how petroleum shaped human life since it was first discovered leaking inconspicuously from the soil. Leading environmental history specialist Brian C. Black connects the…

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

The violence wrought by climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war takes place gradually and often invisibly. Using the innovative concept of “slow violence” to describe these threats, Rob Nixon…

Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in the Age of Climate Crisis

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A physicist by training, a prolific author and charismatic leader by inclination, Vandana Shiva is a juggernaut of social activism. When not busy traveling the world to promote sustainable agriculture, Shiva spends much of her time at Navdanya…

Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century

Living Oil is a work of environmental cultural studies that engages with a wide spectrum of cultural forms, from museum exhibits and oil industry tours to poetry, documentary film, fiction, still photography, novels and memoirs. The book's unique…

Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World

Examining aseries of El Niño-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davisdis closes the intimate, baleful relationship between imperial arroganceand natural incident that…

Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World

The history of the twentieth century is most often told through its world wars, the rise and fall of communism, or its economic upheavals. In his startling new book, J. R. McNeill gives us our first general account of what may prove to be the most…

Global Crisis: War, Climate Change, and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century

Revolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, regicides, government collapses—the calamities of the mid-seventeenth century were unprecedented in both frequency and extent. The effects of what historians call the "General Crisis" extended from…

Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa

From Morocco to Iran and the Black Sea to the Red, Water on Sand rewrites the history of the Middle East and North Africa from the Little Ice Age to the Cold War era. As the first holistic environmental history of the region, it shows the intimate…