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On Fire

The Burning Case for a Green New Deal

by Naomi Klein

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list price: $22.00
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
published: 2020
ISBN:9780735279247
publisher: Knopf Canada
imprint: Vintage Canada
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER
OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE: Climate breakdown has moved from a future threat to a burning emergency. So why are we failing to act? And what bold action would it take to put the fire out--to rouse us to fight for our lives, our children's future and our planet?

For more than a decade, Naomi Klein has tracked the evolution of the environmental crisis and the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next. In this era of rising seas and rising discord, Klein makes the case for the Green New Deal as a practical framework that offers us a politically viable, just, sustainable path forward for tackling climate collapse and growing economic inequality at once.
In a collection that pairs key past essays with bold new pieces, she captures the urgency of the moment and the energy of movements mobilizing to turn humanity's greatest disaster into our greatest opportunity. On Fire is a hopeful, inspiring call to action for a planet on the brink.

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Contributor notes

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and author of the New York Times and international bestsellers The Shock Doctrine, No Logo, This Changes Everything, and No Is Not Enough. A Senior Correspondent for The Intercept, reporter for Rolling Stone, and contributor for both The Nation and The Guardian, Klein is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. She is co-founder of the climate justice organization The Leap.

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Editorial Review

“Naomi Klein’s work has always moved and guided me. She is the great chronicler of our age of climate emergency, an inspirer of generations.” —Greta Thunberg

"I didn’t know this would change my life. It told me what I had to do, and it motivated me to do it."
Jane Fonda

“Naomi Klein is a precious gift: every time I read her words, my heart leaps from sadness and anger to action. She takes us deep, down to the roots of what is wrong—and then up, up to a height from which we can see what must be done. Everything we love is at stake now: these writings are our best and brightest hope.” —Emma Thompson

“Masterful. . . . What separates Klein from many other advocates for a Green New Deal is her balanced combination of idealism and politics-based realism. . . . Another important addition to the literature on the most essential issue of our day.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Klein’s passion for action reflects the political, social, and scientific gridlock that makes such sweeping, transformational legislation imperative. Her zeal and eloquence will inspire, engage, and motivate those who are concerned about the planet’s future to become even more involved in taking any and all possible steps to curb or reverse further disruption and destruction.” —Booklist
 
“For a quarter century, now, Naomi Klein has been an outspoken and fearless voice on that which late-stage hyper-capitalism has wrought upon the world: income inequality, overreaching corporate power, for-profit empire building and, of course, the consequent climate crisis. Honestly, we don’t deserve her, and looking back at her seven books one can’t help but think of Cassandra, her warnings ever accurate yet unheeded . . . with her eighth book, On Fire, Klein collects her longform writing on the climate crisis—from the dying Great Barrier Reef to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico—and somehow manages to strike a hopeful note as she calls for a radical commitment to the Green New Deal, the kind of collective mobilization that saved us from the brink in WWII, and might be our only hope now.” —Literary Hub

“Expansive and far-ranging, [On Fire] captures the urgency of the fight against climate change.” —Stylist
PRAISE FOR NAOMI KLEIN AND HER PREVIOUS BOOKS:

“One of the most powerful voices in the climate movement.” —Leonardo DiCaprio
 
“The greatest theorist of climate change.” —Amitav Ghosh
 
“Naomi Klein is the intellectual godmother of the Green New Deal—which just happens to be the most important idea in the world right now.” —Bill McKibben

No Is Not Enough remains the vociferous advocacy for grassroots, popular political movements that can meaningfully push back against Donald Trump, and the governing political-economic logic of neo-liberalism. . . . [Klein] is shrewd and savvy enough to understand that Trump is a product of a system. . . . Without lapsing into corny cheeriness or the puffed-up cant of centrist political cliché (‘Love Trumps Hate!’), Naomi Klein holds out a cautious hope for the despairing age: an honest, prescriptive belief that people can unite in their opposition to Trumpism to build a better world.” —The Globe and Mail 

This Changes Everything is the basic text of the modern era, the book you must buy, read, re-read, study, treasure and pass on. Climate change is happening and we have to slow it down and prepare ourselves for the convulsion to come.” —Toronto Star

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