"A VISION OF RECOVERY, RENEWAL, OF RESURGENCE": HOPE, HUMAN AND WILD, INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY BILL MCKIBBEN
MCKIBBEN, Bill. Hope, Human and Wild. True Stories of Living Lightly on the Earth. Boston: Little, Brown, (1995). Octavo, original half dark blue paper boards. $450.
First edition of McKibben's provocative look at solutions for the future of the planet, inscribed in the year of publication by him, "For J— & K—, Bill McKibben Sept. 23, 1995."
In The End of Nature (1989), McKibben, widely seen as "nation's most prominent literary environmentalist… argued that humankind must abandon its obsession with unchecked economic expansion or environmental disaster would result." In Hope, Human and Wild, published six years later, he writes: "For those concerned about the environment, this is a strange season for waiting, a hard time for hope.' Here McKibben set "out to discover whether there are ways to live that 'produce decent human lives with less money, less energy… Hard thinking will be required on this, and there are probably few more qualified to do it than McKibben" (New York Times). Michael Pollan praised McKibben's thoughtful book as "useful and surprisingly optimistic… a vision of recovery, renewal, of resurgence."
A fine copy.