Nathaniel Rich – Losing Earth

2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change – including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful of scientists, politicians, and strategists, led by two unlikely heroes, risked their careers in a desperate, escalating campaign to convince the world to act before it was too late. Losing Earth is their story and ours.

The New York Times Magazine devoted an entire issue to Nathaniel Richs groundbreaking chronicle of that decade, which became an instant journalistic phenomenon – the subject of news coverage, editorials, and conversations all over the world. In its emphasis on the lives of the people who grappled with the great existential threat of our age, it made vivid the moral dimensions of our shared plight.

Now expanded into audiobook form, Losing Earth tells the human story of climate change in even richer, more intimate terms. It reveals, in previously unreported detail, the birth of climate denialism and the genesis of the fossil-fuel industrys coordinated effort to thwart climate policy through misinformation propaganda and political influence. The audiobook carries the story into the present day, wrestling with the long shadow of our past failures and asking crucial questions about how we make sense of our past, our future, and ourselves.

Like John Herseys Hiroshima and Jonathan Schells The Fate of the Earth, Losing Earth is the rarest of achievements: a riveting work of dramatic history that articulates a moral framework for understanding how we got here and how we must go forward.

Author: Nathaniel Rich
Narrator: Matt Godfrey
Duration: 5 hours 17 minutes
Released: 19 Sep 2004
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Language: English

User Review:

export imperious

Missing such an opportunity to address global climate change is equal parts depressing and inspiring. Rich does a beautiful job of explaining clearly how we screwed up, but also implicitly giving hope for this generation to realize that real policy change is possible.