Four new books for your ecosocialist bookshelf

September 1, 2017
Four new books look at how humans can deal wit the environmental problems we have created.

Below are four new books on climate change, neoliberalism and movement strategy for ecosocialists compiled by Ian Angus, the author of A Redder Shade of Green and editor of Climate and Capitalism, where a longer version of this list first appeared.


Natural Catastrophe: Climate Change & Neoliberal Governance
By Brian Elliott
Edinburgh University Pres, 2016

Brian Elliott radically revises our conception of climate change as a political problem, not a natural phenomenon. Environmental politics in the West needs to renew the Marxist challenge to the global market’s benign production of social utility and construct a new non-apocalyptic politics of nature.

Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual
By Jeremy Brecher
PM Press, 2017

Now that Trump has jammed his foot on the global warming accelerator, is there any way for the rest of us to put on the brakes? Climate insurgency is a strategy for using people power to realise our common interest in protecting the climate. It uses mass, global, nonviolent action to challenge the legitimacy of public and corporate officials who are perpetrating climate destruction.

Making the Most of the Anthropocene
By Mark Denny
John Hopkins University Press, 2017

Theoretical physicist Mark Denny tackles burning questions: How did we reach our present technological and ecological state? Will we come out of this, or are we doomed as a species? Is there anything we can do? Denny envisions a future that balances reaction and reason, in which those of us who are prepared can make the most of the Anthropocene.

Energy Security
By Roland Dannreuther
Polity Press, 2017

Energy security is a value that is continually in dynamic conflict with other core values, such as economic prosperity and sustainability. The physical properties of the key energy resources — coal, oil, gas, nuclear and renewables — are critical, but it is the social, economic and political contexts, developed over time and place, that are essential for a fuller appreciation of contemporary energy challenges.

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