Synopses & Reviews
“Nothing less than a full-scale assault on conventional economic wisdom.” —Newsweek
One the 100 most influential books published since World War II
—The Times Literary Supplement
Hailed as an “eco-bible” by Time magazine, E.F. Schumachers riveting, richly researched statement on sustainability has become more relevant and vital with each year since its initial groundbreaking publication during the 1973 energy crisis. A landmark statement against “bigger is better” industrialism, Schumachers Small Is Beautiful paved the way for twenty-first century books on environmentalism and economics, like Jeffrey Sachss The End of Poverty, Paul Hawkens Natural Capitalism, Mohammad Yuniss Banker to the Poor, and Bill McKibbens Deep Economy. This timely reissue offers a crucial message for the modern world struggling to balance economic growth with the human costs of globalization.
“Nothing less than a full-scale assault on conventional economic wisdom. . . . Schumacher believes economists need a new set of values, to obtain maximum well-being with minimum consumption.” Newsweek
“An eco-bible” Time magazine
“Embracing what Schumacher stood for--above all the idea of sensible scale--is the task for our time. Small is Beautiful could not be more relevant. It was first published in 1973, but it was written for our time.” Bill McKibben, from the Foreword
“Small Is Beautiful changed the way many people think about bigness and its human costs.” New York Times
The classic of common-sense economics. Enormously broad in scope, pithily weaving together threads from Galbraith and Gandhi, capitalism and Buddhism, science and psychology.-- The New Republic
As relevant as when it was first published, Small Is Beautiful is an eloquent exploration of economic programs that take the average person into consideration.
Small Is Beautiful is Oxford-trained economist E. F. Schumachers classic call for the end of excessive consumption. Schumacher inspired such movements as “Buy Locally” and “Fair Trade,” while voicing strong opposition to “casino capitalism” and wasteful corporate behemoths. Named one of the Times Literary Supplements 100 Most Influential Books Since World War II, Small Is Beautiful presents eminently logical arguments for building our economies around the needs of communities, not corporations.
About the Author
E. F. Schumacher (1911-1977) was a German Rhodes Scholar in economics and, with the help of John Maynard Keynes, later taught at Oxford University. He was also the president of the Soil Association, chief economist for Britains National Coal Board, and founder of the Intermediate Technology Development Group. His best-known books are Small Is Beautiful and A Guide for the Perplexed.