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1. The Sixth Extinction

Kolbert considers the rapacious effects of humanity's unmitigated conquest of our planet and its biota — and the harrowing legacy our actions (and inactions) have ultimately wrought. Forgoing an alarmist approach in favor of a measured, well-reasoned style, Kolbert's shrewd reporting is both vital and engrossing. Books mentioned in this post The Sixth Extinction: An [...]

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2. Edward O. Wilson: What I’m Giving

At Powell's, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to share our love of books with those close to us. For this special blog series, we reached out to authors featured in our Holiday Gift Guide to learn about their own experiences with book giving during this bountiful time of year. Today's featured giver [...]

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3. This Changes Everything

A landmark achievement by Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything is essential reading on the ways climate change creates opportunities for us to reexamine our entire free market system — and will hopefully provoke us into lasting, significant action. Books mentioned in this post This Changes Everything: Capitalism... Naomi Klein Sale Hardcover $21.00

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4. The Human Age

In her sweeping survey of the way humans have fundamentally altered the planet, Ackerman once again dazzles with her luminous prose and boundless curiosity. Far from a book weighed down by doom, The Human Age examines both our mistakes and our triumphs to demonstrate that, while we can't reverse course, we can forge a new [...]

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5. Countdown (staff pick)

We humans, despite our natural aptitude for mathematics, seem to have an arduous time making sense of concepts that involve very large numbers. Unfortunately, however, abstract notions have absolute consequences, whether anticipated or otherwise. Although it took until the early 1800s for global population to reach its first billion, it has doubled twice since the [...]

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6. Celebrate Fiercely: Creative Life in Wild Cities

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Michael Toms for the iconic New Dimensions radio show. Toms, often called the Socrates of Radio, showed up for the interview with a legal pad that was completely filled with tiny handwritten notes and queries about my book Crow Planet. He knew [...]

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7. Congratulations Contest Winners: Atlas of Oceans!

Congrats to our contest winners, Agustin (and Jessica!), Antonio, and Byron who will receive a copy of John Farndon's Atlas of Oceans! You may have tuned in last week to PRI's The World to catch Farndon Farndon's interview and the related Geo Quiz about the newly identified fifth ocean, but these winners were quick to identify the landmasses on the book's cover. They are: the disputed Kuril Islands and the eastern end of Hokkaido in Japan.

With our contest series, we're looking to emphasize David Rogers' COLLABORATE advice, to allow our followers to join the fun that we have publishing these books. Be sure to check out the Representing Justice contest for the most recent chance to win a free YUP book.

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8. 2 Days Left for Atlas of Oceans Contest!

Only two days left to enter our contest and win a free copy of John Farndon's Atlas of Oceans. Farndon

Remember: you must correctly identify the landmasses on the cover image and live in North America to win. Submit your answer and e-mail address as a comment to our blog (not on Facebook). The most specific answers will win, so there's still a chance you can bump someone less descriptive out of the winner's circle.

Contest closes on Wednesday at 6pm, EST. Good luck!

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9. Infinite Use

Saleem Ali, author of Treasures of the Earth, appeared today on WBUR/NPR’s Here and Now to talk about his timely book, now available in paper. You can listen Here and Now.

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10. IPPY Awards

Y-IPPY!  YUP and our museum distribution partners won ten awards at the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards!

Fine Art 
Cézanne and Beyond, by Joseph J. Rishel and Katherine Sachs (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

The Drawings of Bronzino, by Carmen C. Bambach, Janet Cox-Rearick and George R. Goldner (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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11. Yale Press books about unlikely neighbors and allies

9780300120578In light of continued media coverage about the U.S.'s relationship with Iran, Trita Parsi's attention-grabbing Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States was reviewed by both Salon and Bloomberg News. Gary Kamiya of Salon calls it "an important new book," addressing a "fundamental misunderstanding of the country" of Iran. Celestine Bohlen of Bloomberg News admires the book for "tackling the complex question of Israel's role in what has become a triangular relationship" between Iran, the U.S., and Israel.

Read an excerpt, view the table of contents, or listen to an interview with the author on the Yale Press Podcast.

9780300122558Slate and Seattle Times have recently praised In the Company of Crows and Ravens by John M. Marzluff and Tony Angell, released earlier this year in paperback.

This intriguing book examines the often surprising ways that crows and ravens and humans interact. Featuring more than 100 striking illustrations, the book recounts lively stories about crows and ravens throughout history and around the world, and the authors challenge us to reconsider our thinking not only about these compelling birds but also about ourselves.

Slate contributor Tyler Cowen named it as one of "the best books of 2007," calling it "the unheralded science book of the year." He additionally wrote about this "fascinating book" on his blog, Marginal Revolution.

For their holiday gift list, Seattle Times suggests the "terrific" In the Company of Crows and Ravens, citing the numerous honors given to the book, including "rave reviews for this blend of science, art and anthropology" and "a first prize in book illustration and an overall prize for best work in the Victoria and Albert Museum's illustration contest."

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12. Colinvaux's Amazon Expeditions is a "scientific detective story"

9780300115444_2Amazon Expeditions: My Quest for the Ice-Age Equator by Paul Colinvaux was recently reviewed in the Publishers Weekly Review Annex. They found the book to be "an exciting account of field work under challenging and sometimes dangerous circumstances. They went on to say that Amazon Expeditions is "a rewarding read for anyone with an interest in environmental and biological history."

In this vivid memoir of a life in science, ecologist Paul Colinvaux takes his readers from the Alaskan tundra to steamy Amazon jungles, from the Galapagos Islands (before tourists had arrived) to the high Andes and the Darien Gap in Panama. He recounts an adventurous tale of exploration in the days before GPS and satellite mapping, and a tale no less exhilarating of his battle to disprove a hypothesis endorsed by most of the scientific community.

Colinvaux’s grand endeavor, begun in the 1960s, was to find fossil evidence of the ice-age climate and vegetation of the entire American equator, from Pacific to Atlantic. The accomplishment of the task by the author and his colleagues involved finding unknown ancient lakes, lugging drilling equipment through uncharted Amazon jungle, operating hand drills from rubber boats in water 40 meters deep, and inventing a pollen analysis for a land with 80,000 species of plants. Colinvaux’s years of arduous travel and research ultimately disproved a hotly defended hypothesis explaining bird distribution peculiarities in the Amazon forest. The story of how he arrived at a new understanding of the Amazon is at once an adventurous saga, an account of science as it is conducted in the field, and a cautionary tale about the temptation to treat a favored hypothesis with a reverence that subverts unbiased research.

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13. Allawi and McCarthy: two experts discuss their expertise

9780300136142Ali A. Allawi, author of The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace, spoke at Brown University last Wednesday as part of the Peter Green Lectures on the Modern Middle East. His talk at Brown was moved to a 675 seat lecture hall to accommodate demand. Read an article covering Allawi's lecture from the Providence Journal. The Occupation of Iraq is now available in paperback.

This is a comprehensive account of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, told for the first time by an Iraqi insider. Ali Allawi, former Iraqi Minister of Defense and Finance, writes from the perspective of both principal and observer, shedding new light on the story behind the invasion, the shambolic aftermath and attempts at stabilization, and why events have failed to unfold as planned.

Click here to listen to an interview with Ali A. Allawi on the Yale Press Podcast.


On February 29, 2008, Yale Press author Tom McCarthy appeared on the Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC) to discuss his new book Auto Mania: Cars, Consumers, and the Environment. You can download the segment or listen with the embedded player below. For more information on the segment, or to hear the entire program, click here.

Spanning the automobile’s entire history, this book is the first to relate consumer behavior to the wider environmental impact of cars—from raw materials and manufacturing to use and disposal. It shows that America’s disappointing response to automobile-related environmental issues stems from the interplay of politics, economics, and desire.

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14. Yale Press Podcast, Episode 13


Episode 13 of the Yale Press Podcast is now available.
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In Episode 13, Chris Gondek speaks with (1) Richard Sennett, winner of the 2006 Hegel Prize for lifetime achievement in the humanities and social sciences, about the art of craftsmanship; and (2) Gus Speth, dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale, about how the free market system will need to adjust in the face of serious environmental changes.

Download it for free here, on iTunes, and everywhere else that podcasts can be found.

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15. Nudging Against Global Warming

In his Findings column for the New York Times, John Tierney wonders why Americans aren't changing their lives in reaction to climate change. "We need the right nudge," Tierney says, referring to the recent release from Yale Press authors Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness.

9780300122237 Taking a cue from Thaler and Sunstein, Tierney suggests a piece of jewelry that measures the wearer's carbon footprint and displays it to the world on a scale from red to green. Writing a blog post for TierneyLab, Tierney nudged his readers to help him out with this project: "Do you have a better name, or a better nudge of kind? The best suggestion will be rewarded with a copy of Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass Sunstein of the University of Chicago." Click here to read the entire post or enter the contest.

For more information about nudges, check out Nudge or the website for the book, www.nudges.org, with news, reviews, a blog and even a glossary.

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16. Speth appears on radio with high frequency

9780300136111 Radio stations across the country are interviewing James Gustave Speth about his new book The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability.

On Monday morning, Speth could be heard on Focus 580 with David Inge (WILL Illinois Public Radio). Hear that interview in RealAudio format here, or in MP3 here.

Monday evening, Speth appeared on At Issue with Ben Merens (Wisconsin Public Radio). That interview can be found here in RealAudio format.

Speth's upcoming radio appearances stretch from coast to coast. See the list after the jump.

KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny
On April 2 at 10:00 am PST

Napa's KVON Radio
On April 4 from 7:30 am to 7:50 am PST

KERA's Radio Think 
On April 7 from noon to 1:00 pm CST

WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show
On April 23 from 1:20 to 2:00

And keep an eye out for Speth on The Conversation (KUOW Seattle Public Radio) and The Environment Report (Michigan Public Radio) in the coming weeks.

If you can't wait until his next radio appearance, click here to listen to an interview with Gus Speth on the Yale Press Podcast.

James Gustave Speth, a distinguished leader and founder of environmental institutions over the past four decades, is dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He was awarded Japan’s Blue Planet Prize for “a lifetime of creative and visionary leadership in the search for science-based solutions to global environmental problems.” He lives in New Haven, CT.

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17. Heckscher's Creating Central Park discusses the creation of recreation

The New York Sun and the New York Observer, both running pieces on Creating Central Park by
Morrison H. Heckscher, have decided to emphasize different parts of the story: one real estate, the other art.

The Real Estate section of the New York Observer contained a Q&A with Heckscher about the book.  Heckscher begins, "I would like to start by saying that the whole issue of the park has to do with open space in Manhattan. Central Park is, shall we say, the conclusion of 50 years of political machinations of how to provide, for the city and Manhattan, open space mostly for health reasons—for air and space for the health of the public, and recreation." Read the entire interview here.

And the New York Sun ran a piece, "Creating Central Park," in their Arts section, with Heckscher discussing the great minds behind the creation of Central Park.

9780300136692The year 2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the design of Central Park, the first and arguably the most famous of America’s urban landscape parks. In October 1857 the new park’s board of commissioners announced a public design competition, and the following April the imaginative yet practicable “Greensward” plan submitted by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted was selected.

This book tells the fascinating story of how an extraordinary work of public art emerged from the crucible of New York City politics. From William Cullen Bryant’s 1844 editorial calling for “a pleasure ground of shade and recreation” to the completion of construction in 1870, the history of Central Park is an urban epic––a tale not only of animosity, political intrigue, and desire but also of idealism, sacrifice, and genius.

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18. Speth brings together governors to fight climate change

U.S. Governors and top environmental officials will meet tomorrow here at Yale University to exchange ideas on how states and the federal government can combat global warming and develop a strategy for future action.

The gathering, organized in part by Yale Press author Gus Speth, will also celebrate the centennial of President Theodore Roosevelt’s landmark 1908 Conference of Governors, which launched the modern conservation movement, planted the seed for the National Parks System, and inspired significant state efforts to protect land.

Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and author of The Bridge at the Edge of the World, Speth collaborated with other Yale organizations and state officials to commemorate that landmark 1908 conference. Last night at 8pm, Speth introduced keynote speakers Theodore Roosevelt IV and Gifford Pinchot III, the descendants of the original organizers of that 1908 conference.

9780300136111The author of Red Sky at Morning would be the first to agree that we are in deep environmental trouble, but he offers hope that there is still time to avert global catastrophe. Gus Speth explores a wide variety of promising and even radical ideas for transforming modern capitalism so as to protect and restore the natural world.

For more information on this conference, click here. To keep on top of more of Speth's events, visit the author's website Bridge At the Edge of the World.com.

Click here to listen to an interview with Gus Speth on the Yale Press Podcast.

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19. Speth sounds off on the future of the environmental movement

Speth This month's issue of E/The Environmental Magazine, features an interview with Yale Press author and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies dean Gus Speth. Drawing upon his arguments in The Bridge at the Edge of the World, Speth proposes a serious shift in the way we think about today's environmental movement:

E: What is your message to today's environmental community?
Speth: Mainstream environmentalism is very incremental, it's very wonkish in the sense that it's very technical. But the problem is, it's like swimming upstream???we get stronger and we think we're going to master the current and make headway against the current, but the truth is the current is getting stronger faster than we are. [...] So my urging to the environmental community is to step outside the system, to develop a more stinging, more in-depth critique and to begin to do some things which the environmental community hasn't been willing to take on so far.

You can read a complete transcript of the interview here.

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20. Celebrate Earth Day with the Yale Press

There are lots of great ways to celebrate Earth Day. Bike to work, recycle, or show off your green thumb and plant a tree, like our commander-in-chief. But, in our minds, there's no better way to celebrate Mother Earth than learning more about her through a good book.

Bridge When it comes to saving the planet, few people know more than James Gustave Speth, co-founder of the NRDC and dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. In his book The Bridge at the Edge of the World, Speth argues that modern capitalism's obsession with consumption and GDP growth has gone too far, now causing more harm—to environment, social fabric, and world security—than good. His bold plan is laid out in this inspired book, which is now available in paperback. And fear not, defenders of poor, defenseless trees! Speth's book is printed on acid free recycled paper with vegetable based ink.

Earthrise Though environmental appreciation through the written word is all well and good, a picture contains a thousand words, or in Robert Poole's case, an entire book. Poole's book, Earthrise: How Man First Saw the Earth, takes the iconic "blue marble" photographs from NASA's Apollo missions as a starting point and tells the elaborate and surprising story of how these images came to be. From an environmentalist perspective, the photographs of Earth represented a turning point, Poole contends. In a strange way, we had to leave the planet to turn our focus back toward Earth, our beautiful and fragile home.

Klingle Matthew Klingle's book, Emerald City, tells the story of a community that has managed to weave together seamlessly its natural beauty and urban development. In this award-winning book, Klingle explores the role of nature in the development of the city of Seattle from the earliest days of its settlement to the present day, showing how this Pacific Northwest metropolis can be a model for our nation's greening cities.

Finally, for all you literary green freaks, check out an Earth Day/Poetry Month double-whammy, Can Poetry Save the Earth? by John Felstiner and Janet Malcolm's arrestingly beautiful collection of botanical portraits in her photographic work, Burdock. And, once again, happy Earth Day!

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21. A balanced solution to the problem of climate change

Nordhaus While the recent climate change legislation passed in the House of Representatives represents the first time Congress has approved a bill targeted at global warming, its passage does not come without controversy. The focus of the bill is a cap-and-trade system in which the total amount of emission pollution is capped and companies can trade pollution permits. Over time, the cap decreases, theoretically driving up the cost of emissions and encouraging companies to develop cleaner technologies’; however, the system has been criticized as a tax by Republicans.

In his book A Question of Balance, William Nordhaus seeks out a solution to the problems of climate change through economic analysis. He provides a thorough breakdown of the costs and benefits of a variety of policy options. The economic models that he uses provide insight into the complexity of the problem and the difficulty in finding a solution. We hope Nordhaus' next book will detail ways to avoid the wasteful "compromises, carve-outs, concessions and out-and-out gifts" that seem to accompany the passage of every bill.

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22. Moon landing, earth rising

Earthrise For those old enough to remember, the 40th anniversary of the moon landing brings back memories of “One small step,” lunar bootprints, and the first grainy photos of an American flag flown some 240,000 miles from home. But the photos sent back from the Apollo missions were not only of the lunar landscape. In Earthrise: How We First Saw Ourselves, Robert Poole reminds us that the late 1960s also marked the first time man that man viewed Earth from space.

Command Module Pilot Michael Collins of the Apollo 11 mission remembered, “I looked out of my window and tried to find Earth. The little planet is so small out there in the vastness that at first I couldn’t even locate it. And when I did, a tingling of awe spread over me. There it was, shining like a jewel in a black sky. I looked at it in wonderment, suddenly aware of how its uniqueness is stamped in every atom of my body. . .”

It is no coincidence, Poole contends, that the years following the space missions saw the inauguration of the first Earth Day and the rise of the environmental movement. With the image of our beautiful “blue marble” beamed to households all over the world, the race to the moon became a long look back at the starting line. In Earthrise, Poole lets us witness this marble again, 40 years later, but no less amazing.

See the footage below for a glimpse of the other-worldly view from a moon lander.

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23. Dan Esty weighs in on Copenhagen and "Climategate" on Colbert

Esty Earlier this week, Stephen Colbert tapped Yale professor and YUP author Dan Esty to discuss the latest international hot topic: global warming. As a professor of Environmental Law and Policy with appointments at both the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Esty offered a multi-faceted perspective on climate change leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference set to begin on Monday, December 7 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Friel Fans of Esty's book Green to Gold and those unconvinced by the so-called "Climategate" scandal Colbert references at the top of the segment should also look out for Howard Friel's new book The Lomborg Deception, which is the first major response to the work of leading climate-change skeptic Bjørn Lomborg, known for his books The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It. Publishing in February, Friel's book is certain to keep the climate change debate embroiled in controversy long after the conference closes in Copenhagen.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Something Is Melting in Denmark - Dan Esty
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24. Yale FES Prof. John Wargo on the toxins we ignore

Wargo At the close of the UN Summit on Climate Change, diplomats may have left Copenhagen frustrated by the slow pace of progress, but as Yale professor of environmental policy, risk analysis, and political science John Wargo writes in his new book, Green Intelligence, the keys to environmental safety often begin with the actions we take in our own homes.

As Wargo explains in this interview with WNYC's Leonard Lopate, potentially harmful man-made chemicals surround us, not only when we step out of doors, but often also inside our own homes. Who hasn't sprayed an aerosol can inside or called an exterminator to control indoor pests? Yet, in doing so, we are often inviting unknown toxins quite literally into our own homes. Plastics, though now more widely understood as a potential chemical danger, seem particularly difficult to avoid. Take, for instance, Wargo's near-impossible challenge to his students to avoid plastics for a full semester:

For more about Wargo's research and Green Intelligence, be sure to check out this excellent video produced by Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

25. Fact checking the "Skeptical Environmentalist"

Friel Amid recent reports that climate change skeptic Patrick Michaels had financial ties to big polluters, Yale University Press author Howard Friel finds himself in a tangle with another big-name climate skeptic, Danish statistician Bjørn Lomborg.

Friel's new book, The Lomborg Deception, probes and questions the research underpinning Lomborg's two bestsellers, The Skeptical Environmentalist (2001) and Cool It (2007), meticulously checking every data point and note to argue that Lomborg employs deceptive analysis and sourcing methods to arrive at faulty conclusions about climate change. Last week, Lomborg responded to Friel's claims with a document posted on his website, lomborg.org. This week, Friel countered with his own response, writing:

Bjørn Lomborg’s comments about my book. . . display all of the features that characterize [his] two books. . . .Before I read Cool It in fall 2007, my experience in the hermeneutics of deception mostly dealt with books and texts that sought to justify war. Lomborg’s books are no worse than those, but they are no better. Perhaps twenty or fifty years from now, if and when the fuller impacts of man-made global warming are more apparent, people might argue that they were worse.

In her recent Newsweek column, Sharon Begley took a closer look at the developing debate by analyzing three of Lomborg's contested claims related to polar bear populations, the effect of global warming on disease, and the breakup of Antarctica’s Larsen B ice shelf. Through her own fact checking, Begley took issue with a number of Lomborg's citations and found that "Friel pretty much blows [Lomborg's claims] out of the water".

Though her review of The Lomborg Deception is not without its own critiques, Begley's main qualms focus on Friel's tendency to at times exchange "reader-friendliness" for his commitment to thoroughness. Yet, in his concerted search for truth about the climate, we're fairly certain that that's criticism Friel is willing to accept.

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