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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books (11 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805092846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805092844
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McKibben has proven to be one of the most accessible voices in the fight for a more sustainable planet. In Oil and Honey, the author extends his approach and message by meshing the global with the personal.... Throughout the book, his most readable yet, McKibben is simultaneously authoritative and conversational.--The Boston Globe. Bill McKibben these days is something of a rock star.--Salon.com Tracking the emotional and intellectual journey that took McKibben from Vermont to picket lines in Washington, D.C. to town halls, universities, and arenas, the book is a call to action and an inspiring playbook for making change--both locally and globally--in the 21st century.--Publishers Weekly. Confiding and dramatic . . . In this moving, wryly amusing account set against the heated presidential debate of 2012, McKibben describes his extraordinary world travels and what it took to launch gutsy, creative, and effective protests, and shares invaluable information and such intriguing insights as what bees can teach us about reaching consensus. Galvanizing and inspiring.--Booklist (starred review)From the founder of the environmental organization 350.org, a chatty, warm memoir of his double life as globe-trotting activist and part-time novice beekeeper...A personal, enjoyably rancor-free account, filled with praise for his colleagues and some pokes at opponents but void of harangues.--Kirkus Reviews. In this elegant and deeply inspiring book, Bill McKibben has given us something remarkable: a front row seat in the global battle against the fossil companies that are wrecking the planet, and an intimate glimpse into the intensely local life and landscape for which McKibben himself is fighting. This is the balance--between big and small, between rage and love, between resistance and alternatives--that we all must find if we are to transform in time to prevent catastrophe. A gift.Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine --Various

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Bill McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including The End of Nature,Eaarth, and Deep Economy. He is the founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to warn of the dangers of global warming. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize. He lives in Vermont.

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By orchard house on 15 Jan. 2014
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This is a brilliant book written by one of our foremost activists who uses the habits of successful bee communities to encourage in our struggle to save our blessed environment.
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Kudos for Bill McKibben 23 Sept. 2013
By Kenneth - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to admit, I was intrigued by the subject because of the fact that I wrote Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It Bless the Bees:: the Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What We Can Do to Stop Itand its children's companion, A, Bee, See: Who are our Pollinators and Why are They in Trouble?. But what a story! Bill inspires the average person to activism. It is actually our responsibility to protest non sustainable energy and to buy local. The effects of not doing both are devastating this environment and making it an unfit place for your children and grandchildren. We are no longer talking about effects that will be evident after our death. They are happening now and we need to take action now. Good job, Bill!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Moral Leader and Engaging Author 6 Oct. 2013
By Vincent VPK - Published on Amazon.com
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Today in the United States there is a deep void of reality in ignoring or at least shrugging off the addiction of carbon based fossil fuels. There is good reason for it and Mr. Bill McKibben gives his very personal account of his last thirty years or so dealing global warming and other environmental issues. I first must reveal I have been a member of the organization 350.org and have marched (not arrested yet) a number of times at the Capital. The last of which was President's Day when 40,000 to 50,000 showed up on a less than ideal day to show there is an actual movement of citizens to stand up and act to deal with this problem of our own making. For those that could not be there, the passages of these events are worth the price of the book.
There is a mixture of facts, personal encounters with a diverse range of folks who are dealing with the challenge of trying to change the system.
Unfortunately, the system is geared in part to Politicians and in turn they are beholden to influence of money. There is no coincidence that the most profitable business on the planet gets their ear and support. Mr McKibben shows how activism by ordinary citizens banding together can engage the Institutions that are non-responsive to the repeated calls of leading scientists and science organizations to reduce greenhouse emissions and other causes of climate change. Sometimes that means getting arrested and spending days in jail as a peaceful protest.
I read the whole book in one sitting and will read it again.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Oil and Honey is a fascinating look into the personal and public life of environmentalist Bill McKibben 8 Nov. 2013
By Robert Difley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Bill McKibbon has written a new book, Oil and Honey, which is a memoir of two different, yet related, facets of his life.
The oil side is about his personal realization that climate change is dangerously real and that he needed to inform others of the facts that influenced his decision to transition from author/educator to a more activist position. It is a personal, self-revealing, memoir of this transition and an historical look at the climate change movement.
The second part of the book, which is not really a second part but interwoven with the oil part, is with his neighbor, a beekeeper, and the day-to-day activities to keep the hive colonies healthy and productive.
Oil and Honey is a fascinating look into the personal and public life of McKibben and–no matter which side you are on–a look at the climate issue that you may not have seen or read before. I recommend the book also for Bill’s relaxed and personal style, and how he often makes you feel that you are sitting in the seat next to him on the bio-diesel fueled bus traveling between speaking engagements and demonstrations.
And it might prompt you to take a second look at your personal lifestyle, and whether there might be something you could do or change to make the world a better–and safer–place to life, not only for you but for your children, grandchildren, and those that follow.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good title and read 15 Nov. 2013
By Scott M. Kruse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Well written, easy reading. It is like having a gentle conversation with Bill - and you are able to grasp and remember what he is saying. A somewhat chronological read of the realization of, and taking, action. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Must Read 13 Nov. 2013
By Richard P. Leach - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautifully written, funny, fascinating, troubling and uplifting book. For anyone interested in the health of our planet - which should be all of us - I rate this as a "must-read."
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