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From reviews of the first edition (1994): "Extraordinarily well written . . . "

--Contemporary Sociology

"A readable chronicle aimed at a general audience . . . Graceful and accessible . . . "

--Dollars and Sense

"Has the potential to be a political bombshell in radical circles around the world."

--Environmental Action

The Vulnerable Planet has won respect as the best single-volume introduction to the global economic crisis.

With impressive historical and economic detail, ranging from the Industrial Revolution to modern imperialism, The Vulnerable Planet explores the reasons why a global economic system geared toward private profit has spelled vulnerability for the earth's fragile natural environment.

Rejecting both individualistic solutions and policies that tinker at the margins, John Bellamy Foster calls for a fundamental reorganization of production on a social basis so as to make possible a sustainable and ecological economy.

This revised edition includes a new afterword by the author.

Book News Annotation:

Foster (sociology, U. of Oregon) writes his book partially to stress that "War, economic inequality, and third world underdevelopment... are inextricably bound to the larger question of the systematic degradation of the planet and of the conditions of life for a majority of the world's people. The failure to perceive this connection is the principal weakness of mainstream environmentalism," an idea recalling G.P. Marsh's that deforestation causes civilizational collapse. Chapters address the ecological crisis, ecological conditions before the industrial revolution, the environment at the time of the industrial revolution, expansion and conservation, imperialism and ecology, and the socialization of nature. Foster's revised version of the 1994 edition contains a new afterword, but apparently, no other changes.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review. He is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and author of The Ecological Revolution, The Great Financial Crisis (with Fred Magdoff), Critique of Intelligent Design (with Brett Clark and Richard York), Ecology Against Capitalism, Marxs Ecology, and The Vulnerable Planet.

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Foster, John Bellamy
Monthly Review Press
New York :
Environmental Science
Environmental policy
Economics - International
Economic Conditions
Environmental degradation
International - Economics
Environmental Studies-General
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