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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada; First Edition edition (Sept. 16 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307401995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307401991
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.2 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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FINALIST 2014 – LA Times Book Prize for Science and Technology
“This is the new environmentalism . . . and it has a powerful proponent in Naomi Klein. . . . This Changes Everything makes a muscular case for global warming as the defining, cross-sectional issue of our era. . . . This Changes Everything is a work of startling force, exhaustive reporting, and telling anecdote. Klein’s look at climate-change deniers is particularly gutting; my heart sank as I read a representative of the conservative American Enterprise Institute tell victims of Hurricane Sandy, ‘We need to suck it up and be responsible for taking care of ourselves.’. . . . Klein’s great gifts have always been synthesizing huge amounts of information and drawing connections between seemingly disparate issues; on those points, This Changes Everything is no different.”
—Drew Nelles, The Globe and Mail
“Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything is a ground-breaking work on how climate change changes everything. Written with an elegant blend of science, statistics, field reports and personal insight, it does not paralyze but buoys the reader. The book’s exploration of climate change from the perspective of how capitalism functions produces fresh insights and its examination of the interconnectedness between our relationship with nature and the creation of better, fairer societies presents a radical proposal. Klein’s urgency and outrage is balanced by meticulous documentation and passionate argument. Heart and mind go hand in hand in this magisterial response to a present crisis.”
—Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction jury citation
“Consider this book a warning shot to the status quo, and a companion for those that see themselves as part of what promises to be the world’s next big social movement.”
—Eric Holthaus, National Post
“I’ll admit I silently rejoiced when I found out Naomi Klein was taking on climate change. You know if this woman tackles a subject, she’s going to skewer the shit out of anyone screwing humanity in the shadows. And she does, nailing everyone from our oil-slicked politicians and green billionaire messiahs all the way to the green movement itself (and its behind-the-scenes sellouts), leaving the reader slack-jawed and spellbound. The odds may be stacked against her social-justice-steeped Marshall Plan to save the earth, but so too, argues Klein, were the odds of abolishing slavery. This Changes Everything is guaranteed to inspire a whole generation to join the resistance movement and push for change from a place of love for the only planet we’ve got.”
—Adria Vasil, NOW (Toronto) NNNNN
“It’s no surprise that the deacons of disinformation are denouncing Naomi Klein and her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. This book is so threatening to the right-wing mindset that we will soon see Tea Party members burning it in YouTube videos. Hardcore conservatives will condemn the book with language they don’t even use to describe the Qu’ran. It will be banned from bookstores, forced from public libraries, preached against from pulpits. They will lash out because Klein has, with this book, thoroughly and completely debunked everything promoted under the banner of conservatism today—and she has done so with a work that’s more powerful than a stack of C4. This Changes Everything deserves to be viewed not as one of the greatest nonfiction works of the 2010s, but as one of the greatest nonfiction works of all-time. Disregard that 2008 Obama speech—the publication of this book will truly mark the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and the planet began to heal. I write this filled with self-doubt; I’m not certain I can put into words the majesty, the power, the glory of this book. I grew covetous of her talent as I read it; how can one communicate so much truth so effectively, so clearly, so crisply? . . . Klein holds nothing back. . . . The book is profoundly hopeful. . . . This book will expand and intensify the worldwide climate-justice movement, which is why the rhetorical attacks on Klein will become ever more aggressive. It will politically galvanize the young and the vulnerable, who have so much to lose due to the climate crisis. It will create climate leaders across this warming globe. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate is not just a book, not just a moment, not just a movement. It is a weapon of justice. It is a path of survival. This Changes Everything is the Truth, and the Answer.”
—D.R. Tucker, Washington Monthly
This Changes Everything reveals how the grassroots anti-fracking movement is right where it should be. . . . So, let me start again: You need to read Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything, which delivers a message so big that the title alone pushes both the author’s name and the subtitle (‘Capitalism vs. the Climate’) right off the front cover. All your friends and loved ones need to read the book, too, and that fact alone can end all further thinking about holiday gifts. . . . [E]ssential reading. . . . Based on its commodious length and ambitious scope, it would be easy to call This Changes Everything a ‘sprawling’ book. It’s not. It’s too smoothly designed and tightly drafted to sprawl. All its through-lines, sub-plots and thematic elements are finely woven. Indeed, each chapter deserves its own review. . . . All its through-lines, sub-plots and thematic elements are finely woven. Indeed, each chapter deserves its own review. . . . This Changes Everything is a wonderful book narrated by a likeable, really smart and sometimes funny author who makes her readers feel smart, too. It provides us sufficient reasons for the imperative to recreate our economic world in ways that align it with our physical world and our only home. And, in broad strokes, it shows us how. . . . ‘Wow.’ I thought. ‘This is complicated. This is useful. This is scary. This is fantastic.’”
—Sandra Steingraber, EcoWatch

About the Author

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and author of the critically acclaimed and #1 international bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism; No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, which the New York Times called “a movement bible”; and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, winner of the Hilary Weston Prize for Non-Fiction. Klein is a contributing editor for Harper’s, a reporter for Rolling Stone, and a syndicated columnist for The Nation and the Guardian. She is a member of the board of directors of and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. In 2015 she received The Izzy Award honouring outstanding achievement in independent journalism and media. 

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Naomi Klein has written a book that can't possibly be enjoyed by anyone in their right mind, but everyone should read her thorough work to grasp the reality of the likely decline and fall of the human empire. Perhaps snippets of her revelations are common knowledge to people wired into what's going on in the world, but to read in one volume most of what present global reality means to our future, and mainly to our grandchildren's futures, is indeed shocking. I have recommended This Changes Everything to my children, so that my grandchildren will know what's going on and who and what is currently in total control of our species' demise. Yes, the read is long, demanding and eye popping, but it is well worth the angst, time and intellectual concentration. The text is written in "plain language" and flows well. Albeit a scholarly effort--well documented with supporting evidence, Klein's book demands action, not just thought and talk. Taking action requires all peoples--with Indigenous people being a key to halting "extractive destruction" of our planet, to draw a line and to rise up as one voice demanding change, demanding cessation of destruction or face an ugly confrontation. Why? Because there doesn't appear to be any other alternative to direct action--the power elite isn't listening to the masses.
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This book would have to be considered a must-read for serious students of global warming. It effectively cuts across the big issues from an international perspective in an uncompromising manner, in contrast to narrower treatments (e.g., Chris Turner) that attempt to maintain a marginally more optimistic perspective. But as I've written on Amazon many times before: an editor should have cut out half of the book. About half of the book's 400 pages contain no content. I read many professional reviews of the book, and none mention how badly written much of it is.

The most surprising of the book's types of bad writing is the frequent quotation or paraphrasing of the generalizations, platitudes, and empty rhetoric of others. This tactic is usually the last refuge of the lazy and/or unintelligent trying to fill space. Klein is usually neither. Her last book, "The Shock Doctrine," occasionally lapsed into the opposite (and much more redeemable) temptation: it is so full of research that sometimes the narrative rushes on to the next topic without fully explaining the current one. "No Logo" was sometimes overly diffuse, but mainly out of apparent youthful enthusiasm for culture jammers and other counter-establishment social movements.

I would guess that Klein felt compelled to publish this book before it was ready due to the urgency of the issue, but browbeating the reader with heavy-handed exhortation and empty rhetoric does a disservice to a serious topic. Another interpretation is that Klein deliberately set out to manipulate and/or hector the reader.
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Naomi Klein is an accomplished researcher, a seasoned writer and a fine ambassador for Canada. Every Canadian deserves to learn about where we stack up (or fail to do so) on the world Eco-scene. Her work has strengthened my resolve to continue the fight to stop KGHM and the BC government from proceeding with the Ajax mine - a huge open pit gold/copper mine being proposed on the edge of Kamloops.
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This is a long and winding screed asserting that capitalism is responsible for climate change. A screed written by someone who admits that she didn't know anything about climate change until she heard of it from a writer she admires, and began the research for this book. Dubbed a "polemic" by a very credible science journalist, The New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert in a December, 2014 issue of The New York Review of Books, Klein's book is long on rhetoric and short on facts, as both Kolbert's review and the "dialogue" between Kolbert and Klein in The New York Review of Books clearly illustrates. I am by training a former invertebrate paleobiologist with a background in evolutionary ecology, with some prior expertise in paleoclimatology, who must note that Klein's book was ignored by virtually every science museum and science advocacy organization - I belong to one, the National Center for Science Education - when it was published originally in hardcover nearly two years ago. So too did every major American literary festival ignore both Ms. Klein and her book, with one notable exception. That exception is the Brooklyn Book Festival, which has not offered programming in the sciences, medicine, engineering and technology, unless such programming is consistent with the extremely progressive political views espoused by the festival's leadership, unlike other, major literary festivals in Washington, DC (National Book Festival), Los Angeles (Los Angeles Times Festival of Books), Tucson (Tucson Festival of Books) and Boston (Boston Book Festival) that have offered excellent STEM programming for years and other programming noteworthy for being extremely nonpartisan and unbiased. The 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival is especially memorable for having a "STEM" program featuring Ms.Read more ›
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The best way to understand where we are as a planet and how we got there. Should be required reading in every classroom in North America an beyond. Get it. Read it. Do it. The future of this planet depends on US!!!
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