Our Only World: Ten Essays

Our Only World: Ten Essays

by Wendell Berry


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"Stern but compassionate, author Wendell Berry raises broader issues that environmentalists rarely focus on . . . In one sense Berry is the voice of a rural agrarian tradition that stretches from rural Kentucky back to the origins of human civilization. But his insights are universal because Our Only World is filled with beautiful, compassionate writing and careful, profound thinking."

Associated Press

The planet's environmental problems respect no national boundaries. From soil erosion and population displacement to climate change and failed energy policies, American governing classes are paid by corporations to pretend that debate is the only democratic necessity and that solutions are capable of withstanding endless delay. Late Capitalism goes about its business of finishing off the planet. And we citizens are left with a shell of what was once proudly described as The American Dream.

In this collection of eleven essays, Berry confronts head-on the necessity of clear thinking and direct action. Never one to ignore the present challenge, he understands that only clearly stated questions support the understanding their answers require. For more than fifty years we've had no better spokesman and no more eloquent advocate for the planet, for our families, and for the future of our children and ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619027008
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Pages: 196
Sales rank: 488,109
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Essayist, novelist, and poet, Wendell Berry has written more than thirty books. He lives and works in his native Kentucky with his wife, Tanya Berry, and their children and grandchildren.

Table of Contents

1 Paragraphs from a Notebook 5

2 The Commerce of Violence 15

3 A Forest Conversation 21

4 Local Economies to Save the Land and the People 55

5 Less Energy, More Life 69

6 Caught in the Middle 73

7 On Receiving One of the Dayton Literary Peace Prizes 97

8 Our Deserted Country 105

9 For the 50-Year Farm Bill 159

10 On Being Asked for "A Narrative for the Future" 167

Acknowledgments 177

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WhoWould More than 1 year ago
One of the most important books of our final century. This is not a casual read, but requires you to pay attention - to realize that humanity is accelerating our shiny motorcycle straight into a brick wall of our own design. What happens after that? It probably won't matter much to "humanity" because Civilization as we know it will be gone. We have this tendency to try to turn Environmental problems into Political problems where the special interests can take over to cause growing delay to take the necessary action to save ourselves. And the richest will be a few bucks richer before the planet goes to Hell and their 'tricks' won't work anymore.