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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (248 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Heinberg Narrator: Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.

Richard Heinberg's latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Written in an engaging, highly readable style, it shows why growth is being blocked by three factors:

  • Resource depletion
  • Environmental impacts
  • Crushing levels of debt
  • These converging limits will force us to re-evaluate cherished economic theories and to reinvent money and commerce.

    The End of Growth describes what policy makers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth's budget of energy and resources. We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the now-unattainable prize of ever-expanding GDP.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tyler Snortum-phelps | 2/20/2014

    " A little wonky with lots of charts and graphs. But he makes a moderately clear case that growth really has little chance of starting up again. We really need to be having this conversation, rather than pretending that it can't happen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ed | 2/11/2014

    " A really convincing account of how the current economic crisis has its origins in much deeper forces that mark the end of easy economic growth and the need to confront the issues of resource depletion, income inequality and economic stability. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom Currier | 2/4/2014

    " Terrific book! Highly recommended. Although great ideas, some of the solutions are so far away from any political will to implement that they seem almost impossible. The detail to which the author details the issues and causes is at times almost overwhelming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve Bedford | 1/26/2014

    " I am torn about this book. It was a bit of a downer pretty much the whole way through. I liked that it touched on the financial markets, but not really in any depth. The same could be said for the entire book. I felt like "Limits to Growth" was a better argument for the end of growth concept, and I feel like his suggestions amounted to "go read these other resources". Still, and important topic to ponder. "

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About the Author

Richard Heinberg is the author of over a dozen books, including The Party’s Over, Peak Everything, and The End of Growth. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. He has authored numerous essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, the Ecologist, and Public Policy Research, and has appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour. Richard is a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education. He lives in northern California with his wife and is an avid violin player.