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The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy, And Environment Hardcover – Mar 29 2011


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (March 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047092764X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470927649
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The next twenty years will be completely unlike the last twenty years. The decisions you make today are critical. The world is in economic crisis, and there are no easy fixes to our predicament. Unsustainable trends in the economy, energy, and the environment have finally caught up with us and are converging on a very narrow window of time—the "Twenty-Teens." With solid facts and grounded reasoning presented in a calm, nonpartisan manner, The Crash Course explains our predicament and illuminates the path ahead so you can face the coming disruptions without fearing the future or retreating into denial.

Our money system places impossible demands upon a finite world. Exponentially rising levels of debt, based on assumptions of future economic growth to fund repayment, have shuddered to a halt and are reversing, with severe and lasting consequences.

Oil is essential for economic growth. The reality of dwindling oil supplies is now internationally recognized, yet virtually no developed nations have a Plan B. The economic risks to individuals, companies, and countries are varied and enormous. Best case: living standards will drop steadily worldwide. Worst case: systemic financial crises will toss the world into jarring chaos.

This book is written for those who are motivated to learn about the root causes of our predicaments in order to protect themselves and their families, mitigate risks as much as possible, and control what effects they can. With challenge comes opportunity. The Crash Course offers a positive vision for how our lives can become more balanced, resilient, and sustainable.

The world is changing. It's time to get busy. The Crash Course will show you how.

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"Chris Martenson gave up a successful and conventional career to study the two great problems that we face: running out of critical resources—especially carbon-based energy—and a congenital failure to process unpleasant facts. Reading The Crash Course will help you recognize how dangerous our future is likely to be and will help you prepare for it. It is a job well done." —Jeremy Grantham, cofounder and Chief Investment Strategist, Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo

"Among the handful of observers making sense of the economic scene, Chris Martenson is the most astute, coherent, and comprehensive. Reading Chris is like stepping out of a room full of smoke and mirrors into daylight." —James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency

"Economists did not predict the Great Recession of 2008; Chris did. He looks deeper into the numbers than most and has found a painful future if we do not make a major turn. I deeply appreciate him for doing this work. He uses hard data to back up the self-evident common sense that if we do not consciously manage our natural resources and business relationships to give priority to the common good, we will face dire consequences. This is serious. Read this book." —Terry Mollner, Board Member, Ben & Jerry's

"Chris addresses fundamental economic and energy issues in understandable terms and provides engaging perspectives. Readers will learn a great deal from his work." —Dr. Robert L. Hirsch, lead author of The Impending World Energy Mess

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Solito on May 26 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book changes everything. I watched the Crash Course after getting a link from a friend. What I saw blew me away. After that I was a regular reader of Chris Martenson's website. By continuing to click on links, I could see future trends take place. After more than a year of perusal, I have changed my outlook for the future. I started getting items I wouldn't normally think of such as pellets to clean water and a camping stove with fuel. I bought things I should already have such as fire extinguishers and more flashlights. I continuously pick up extra matches and lighters throughout the year thinking you can't have enough extras. I think in terms of what might last, like a good pair of boots compared to some kicks that might last a few seasons. I started looking at other websites and took a look at other books as well that were recommended by Chris, such as The Origin of Wealth.

Then something happened, Chris released a book. This was the perfect compliment to understanding more of what was going on. I looked at the Crash Course as just the facts, the book gave you depth that was interesting and readable. Whereas The Origin of Wealth was dry in some bits, this book just kept you wanting to read more. The only other way to get more is to sign up a membership to the site. Take a look at the book to see if you want to understand what Mr. Martenson is about.
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By Anita Flegg on April 8 2014
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Everyone should read this book, or at least watch the videos on Chris Martenson's web site.
This book explains exactly why we are facing an uncertain future, on many fronts, and how to prepare.
It is a long book, with many details and a bit of math, but it is completely worth the effort. At minimum, you should be aware of how our governments are messing with the numbers they show us, and how their financial decisions continue to make the overall situation worse, rather than better.
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Dr. Martenson delivers a powerful dose of what is really going on in the world with a strong focus on what's yet to come. Every detail is very well illustrated and supported with undeniable facts. Nothing is slanted or coloured, there is no hidden purpose other than to educate us so that we may better position ourselves for a different future.

Knowledge is power, you owe it to your loved ones to be prepared.
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By Gordie Rowe on July 30 2013
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For the past few years, I've become increasingly aware of the problems of each element that is analyzed in this volume. He does a wonderful job of connecting the dots to show that the dynamics of each problem are similar. Great book. It should be mandatory reading for all the bone-head politicians in North America, who need to begin to deal with these issues rather than continue in their self-serving ways.
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