ABOUT THE BOOK


In Collapse, Jared Diamond explained why civilizations disappeared in the past; in Hot, Flat and Crowded, Thomas Friedman tried to chart a course through the economic and environmental afflictions that imperil our way of life; in Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan taught us to worry about our food supply, as did Paul Roberts in The End of Food. Others have focused on the threats of peak oil, global warming, and shrinking water supplies.

Now, in Brace for Impact: Surviving the Crash of the Industrial Age, Thomas A. Lewis does what only a veteran reporter, historian and environmental writer could do: explains and analyzes all the gathering threats to our society's life-support systems, and the inability of our political and economic institutions to save us. With chapters on food, water, oil, electricity, politics and finance, he makes a convincing case that we can't win the race against catastrophe, that we are in fact running the wrong way -- toward catastrophe. What sets Brace for Impact apart is that after it faces the conclusion from which others shrink -- that industrial society cannot survive -- it then shows how easily individual families and communities can weather the collapse through sustainable living.

Our only hope, Lewis writes, is to turn away from the hopeless task of trying to preserve the  industrial world, and embrace the promise of sustainable living; there is no way to solve the  problem for everyone, but we have the knowledge and the technology to solve the problem for anyone.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lewis is a veteran print and broadcast journalist and author of five previous books who for six years wrote the authoritative "Environmental Quality Index" for
National Wildlife Magazine and World Almanac, and who was the executive editor of a 16-book Time-Life Books series on the earth sciences called Planet Earth. He is currently Artist in Residence at the Department of Mass Communication, Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Introduction

Prologue: The Original Sin

PART I: FOOD

Chapter One: Losing Ground

Chapter Two: The Fat of the Land

PART II. WATER

Chapter Three: A Drinking Problem

Chapter Four: Waste Water, Want Water

PART III. ENERGY

Chapter Five: The End of Oil

Chapter Six: Grid Lock

PART IV. INSTITUTIONS

Chapter Seven: The Failed State

Chapter Eight: Running with Banks

PART V. THE END GAME

Chapter Nine: Apocalypse When?

Chapter Ten: Sanctuary


 
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ALSO BY
Thomas A. Lewis

Shenandoah in Flames: The Valley Campaign of  1864.
Time-Life Books 1987. 


The Guns of Cedar Creek.
 The climactic battle of the 1864 Valley campaign. Harper & Row, 1988.
 

"Rich in political and military relevance for our times."
The New York Times 10/16/88.
 "A lively narrative history...a tightly focused work."
Kirkus Reviews, 7/1/88.  

For King and Country: The Maturing of George Washington 1748-1760. HarperCollins 1993.
 

"...a terrific story and Lewis tells it with rare narrative skill...a fast-paced, engaging narrative. Lewis writes the kind of history that reminds us that history has a muse, that it is an essential human art."
 The Los Angeles Times, 2/21/93.

"...extraordinary narrative skill...realistic and tough-minded...his pace is fast and energetic, his tone detached and ironic without being cynical."
The New Republic 2/01/93.

West from Shenandoah: A Scotch-Irish Family Fights for America 1729-1781.
John Wiley & Sons 2004. 


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