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5.0 out of 5 stars A dark masterpiece for optimists and pessimists, 9 Dec. 2013
This review is from: The Future is Not What it Used to be: Climate Change and Energy Scarcity (Hardcover)
This was a gruelling read but I emerged the other side of it better informed about the long-term prospects of industrial civilisation than ever before.

To put this book into context, I was asked to write it for Environmental Values, have reviewed books such as the Ecotechnic Future and Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition. To summarise, The Future Is Not What It Used to Be provides a potent antidote to wishful thinking
about the scale of global problems and a brutally honest high-level assessment of humanity's failure to act.

For pessimists there is much to confirm one's world-view and insight into how to avoid the traps of despair or denial. For optimists the book is a gruelling but ultimately enlightening experience. Falling into the latter camp, I found the book a dark masterpiece. A sober check against reckless hope, it contains a message that anyone interested in civilisation's long-term future needs to hear.

For the full review, please see www .whpress.co.uk/EV/EVrev.html
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The Future is Not What it Used to be: Climate Change and Energy Scarcity by Jörg Friedrichs (Hardcover - 13 Sept. 2013)
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