Reading List

Becoming an effective activist requires understanding complex sets of issues in depth, and in a full context. We believe that developing and refining one’s worldview—how one understands the root causes of the current, global ecosocial crisis—creates the foundation for more specific, strategic work to ameliorate the problems facing nature and people.

This reading list is just a start, and a work in progress. Not included are books we have published; for a list of those works, see here.


Environmental Ethics

The Spell of the Sensuous—David Abram
The Dream of the Earth—Thomas Berry
The Rebirth of Environmentalism—Douglas Bevington
Silent Spring—Rachel Carson
Deep Ecology: Living as if Nature Mattered—Bill Devall and George Sessions
The Ecology of Wisdom: Writings by Arne Naess—ed. Alan Drengson and Bill Devall
A Sand County Almanac—Aldo Leopold
Can Life Prevail?—Penti Linkola
Rogue Primate—John Livingston
The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics—Roderick Nash
Dwellers in the Land—Kirkpatrick Sale
Ecofeminism—Vandana Shiva and Maria Mies


Environmental History

The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America—Douglas Brinkley
The American Conservation Movement—Stephen Fox
American Environmental History: An Introduction—Carolyn Merchant
Wilderness and the American Mind—Roderick Nash
Crucible for Conservation—Robert Righter
National Parks: The American Experience—Alfred Runte
Nature’s Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas—Donald Worster
A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir—Donald Worster


Conservation and Wildlife

Wild Earth: Wild Ideas for a World Out of Balance—Tom Butler
Rewilding North America—Dave Foreman
Wildlife in America—Peter Matthiessen
Saving Nature’s Legacy—Reed Noss and Alan Cooperrider
The Diversity of Life—Edward O. Wilson
Feral—George Monbiot


Technology, Culture, Agriculture

The Unsettling of America—Wendell Berry
The Geography of Nowhere—James Howard Kunstler
Deschooling Society—Ivan Illich
Shadow Work—Ivan Illich
Consulting the Genius of the Place—Wes Jackson
In the Absence of the Sacred—Jerry Mander
The Death of Nature—Carolyn Merchant
The Myth of the Machine—Lewis Mumford
The Only World We've Got: A Paul Shepard Reader—Paul Shepard
The Resurgence of the Real—Charlene Spretnak
The Whale and the Reactor—Langdon Winner


Energy, Economics, Overpopulation

Overshoot—William S. Catton
Life on the Brink—Eileen Crist and Philip Cafaro
Manswarm—Dave Foreman
The Long Descent—John Michael Greer
Living Within Limits—Garrett Hardin
The End of Growth—Richard Heinberg
The Party’s Over—Richard Heinberg
The Capitalism Papers—Jerry Mander

 
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