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This Changes Everything

Capitalism vs. the Climate

August 4, 2015 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9780307402004
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From the author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine--a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core "free market" ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.

In this new classic of environmental politics, bestselling and award-winning author Klein argues that our current growth-based economic model is waging war on the life support systems of our planet. Using phenomenal research, she lays out why climate change is not an "issue"--it is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. Klein attacks the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction, and brilliantly identifies the threads that connect our failed responses to the crisis--from hard-core climate deniers to celebrity billionaires with messiah complexes, to the reckless quest to engineer the planet--and she reveals how the "Big Green" environmental organizations may be hurting more than helping. She argues that we urgently need an entirely new model of human progress and shows why climate change--with its full economic and moral implications understood--is the most powerful weapon we have ever had in the fight for equality and social justice. Tracing the rise of a bold new resistance movement against extreme energy, she highlights the real solutions emerging in the rubble of our failed systems--solutions that require us to break virtually every rule in the free-market playbook.

About this Author

In this groundbreaking alternative history of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution, Naomi Klein challenges the popular myth of this movement's peaceful global victory. From Chile in 1973 to Iraq today, Klein shows how Friedman and his followers have repeatedly harnessed terrible shocks and violence to implement their radical policies. As John Gray wrote in The Guardian, "There are very few books that really help us understand the present. The Shock Doctrine is one of those books."

ISBN: 9780307402004
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 576
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Published: 2015-08-04


Praise for This Changes Everything:

"One of Canada's biggest voices has done it again. The author of No Logo has brought us a new defining tome." --The Globe and Mail
"The most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring." --The New York Times

"Searing, encyclopedic, and radical.... Fascinating." --The Walrus
"This may be the first truly honest book ever written about climate change."--TIME
"Klein is a brave and passionate writer who always deserves to be heard, and this is a powerful and urgent book." --The Observer
"If global warming is a worldwide wake-up call, we're all pretty heavy sleepers. . . . Klein's sharp analysis makes a compelling case that a mass awakening is part of the answer." --The Chicago Tribune
"Gripping and dramatic. . . . [Klein] writes of a decisive battle for the fate of the earth in which we either take back control of the planet from the capitalists who are destroying it or watch it all burn." --Rolling Stone
"Klein savages the idea that we will be saved by new technologies or by an incremental shift away from fossil fuels: Both approaches, she argues, are forms of denial. . . . Aware of the intractability of the problems she describes, [Klein] manages optimism nonetheless." --New York Times
"The manifesto that the climate movement--and the planet--needs right now. . . . [This Changes Everything] could help catalyze the kind of mass movement she argues the world needs now." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Powerfully and uncompromisingly written, the impassioned polemic we have come to expect from Klein, mixing first-hand accounts of events around the world and withering political analysis. . . . Her stirring vision is nothing less than a political, economic, social, cultural and moral make-over of the human world." --New Scientist

"This is the best book about climate change in a very long time--in large part because it's about much more. It sets the most important crisis in human history in the context of our other ongoing traumas, reminding us just how much the powers-that-be depend on the power of coal, gas and oil. And that in turn should give us hope, because it means the fight for a just world is the same as the fight for a livable one." --Bill McKibben

"Naomi Klein applies her fine, fierce, and meticulous mind to the greatest, most urgent questions of our times. . . . I count her among the most inspirational political thinkers in the world today." --Arundhati Roy

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