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The long-awaited companion piece to Derrick Jensen's immensely popular and highly acclaimed works A Language Older Than Words and The Culture of Make Believe. Accepting the increasingly widespread belief that industrialized culture inevitably erodes the natural world, Endgame sets out to explore how this relationship impels us towards a revolutionary and as-yet undiscovered shift in strategy. Building on a series of simple but increasingly provocative premises, Jensen leaves us hoping for what may be inevitable: a return to agrarian communal life via the disintegration of civilization itself.

Review:

"The author, who in earlier books like The Culture of Make Believe discussed his experience of violence and abuse as a child, calls now for determined and even violent resistance to environmental degradation. Jensen comes across in volume I as a provocative but personable philosopher-activist who in lyrical and witty writing bemoans species extinction, sullied air quality, shrinking icecaps, expanding deserts and vanishing forests wrought by humans. But Jensen believes 'this culture will not undergo any sort of voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living.' Civilization, he says in volume II, is killing the planet, so '[c]ivilization needs to be brought down now.' Jensen dwells through several chapters on the need to destroy tens of thousands of river dams, whether with pickax-wielding citizen armies or through the use of well-placed explosive charges; other chapters consider how simple it would be to paralyze the American capitalist system if small activist cells were to disrupt railway, highway, pipeline and other elements of commercial infrastructure. Jensen clearly feels a close connection to nature, writes movingly about the hoped-for return of the salmon, the trees, the grizzly bears. But he has become so disgusted with what he calls 'civiluzation' that he has more compassion for the salmon than for his fellow humans. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Derrick Jensen is a rare and original voice of sanity in a chaotic world. He has wisdom and wit, grace and style, and is a wonderful guide to a good life beautifully lived." Howard Zinn

Review:

"Derrick Jensen is a gifted and lyrical writer on a wide range of critical issues. He is unrelenting in his commitment to the environment and justice." Winona LaDuke

Review:

"Written with passion, anger, frustration, hope, and even humor, this massive work is highly recommended." Library Journal

Book News Annotation:

Environmental activist, speaker, and writer Jensen sets out the reasons why civilization is unsustainable and otherwise not a very good idea, in chapters with such titles as clean water, carrying capacity, abuse, love does not imply pacifism, neck deep in denial, and empathy and its other. A second volume looks at alternatives. There is no index.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Environmental activist, speaker, and writer Jensen sets out the reasons why civilization is unsustainable and otherwise not a very good idea, in chapters with such titles as clean water, carrying capacity, abuse, love does not imply pacifism, neck deep in denial, and empathy and its other. A second volume looks at alternatives. There is no index. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Derrick Jensen's most ambitious, important, and best book to date.

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“Derrick Jensen is a rare and original voice of sanity in a chaotic world. He has wisdom and wit, grace and style, and is a wonderful guide to a good life beautifully lived.”—Howard Zinn

The companion piece to Derrick Jensen’s immensely popular and highly acclaimed works A Language Older Than Words and The Culture of Make Believe, Endgame stands to become Jensen’s most influential book. Building on a series of simple but increasingly provocative premises, Jensen leaves us hoping for what may be inevitable: a return to agrarian communal life via the disintegration of civilization itself.

About the Author

Derrick Jensen, activist, author, small farmer, beekeeper, teacher, and philosopher, is the widely acclaimed author of A Language Older Than Words and The Culture of Make Believe, among others. A finalist for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize whose writing has been described as "breaking and mending the reader's heart," Jensen's speaking engagements in recent years have packed university auditoriums, conferences, and bookstores nationwide. He lives in rural California.

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CoyoteNW, January 14, 2010 (view all comments by CoyoteNW)
Endgame can be a challenging read due to it's sheer emotional and informational density, but don't let that deter you. Jensen's message is as important as any you'll ever find in non-fiction literature.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781583227305
Author:
Jensen, Derrick
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
Volume 1: The Proble
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 5.9 x 1.3 in 24 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The author, who in earlier books like The Culture of Make Believe discussed his experience of violence and abuse as a child, calls now for determined and even violent resistance to environmental degradation. Jensen comes across in volume I as a provocative but personable philosopher-activist who in lyrical and witty writing bemoans species extinction, sullied air quality, shrinking icecaps, expanding deserts and vanishing forests wrought by humans. But Jensen believes 'this culture will not undergo any sort of voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living.' Civilization, he says in volume II, is killing the planet, so '[c]ivilization needs to be brought down now.' Jensen dwells through several chapters on the need to destroy tens of thousands of river dams, whether with pickax-wielding citizen armies or through the use of well-placed explosive charges; other chapters consider how simple it would be to paralyze the American capitalist system if small activist cells were to disrupt railway, highway, pipeline and other elements of commercial infrastructure. Jensen clearly feels a close connection to nature, writes movingly about the hoped-for return of the salmon, the trees, the grizzly bears. But he has become so disgusted with what he calls 'civiluzation' that he has more compassion for the salmon than for his fellow humans. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Derrick Jensen is a rare and original voice of sanity in a chaotic world. He has wisdom and wit, grace and style, and is a wonderful guide to a good life beautifully lived."
"Review" by , "Derrick Jensen is a gifted and lyrical writer on a wide range of critical issues. He is unrelenting in his commitment to the environment and justice."
"Review" by , "Written with passion, anger, frustration, hope, and even humor, this massive work is highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by ,
Derrick Jensen's most ambitious, important, and best book to date.
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by ,

“Derrick Jensen is a rare and original voice of sanity in a chaotic world. He has wisdom and wit, grace and style, and is a wonderful guide to a good life beautifully lived.”—Howard Zinn

The companion piece to Derrick Jensen’s immensely popular and highly acclaimed works A Language Older Than Words and The Culture of Make Believe, Endgame stands to become Jensen’s most influential book. Building on a series of simple but increasingly provocative premises, Jensen leaves us hoping for what may be inevitable: a return to agrarian communal life via the disintegration of civilization itself.

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