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Over his long career as witness to an extreme twentieth century, National Book Award–winning psychiatrist, historian, and public intellectual Robert Jay Lifton has grappled with the profound effects of nuclear war, terrorism, and genocide. Now he shifts to climate change, which, Lifton writes, "presents us with what may be the most demanding and unique psychological task ever required of humankind," what he describes as the task of mobilizing our imaginative resources toward climate sanity.

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Over his long career as witness to an extreme twentieth century, National Book Award–winning psychiatrist, historian, and public intellectual Robert Jay Lifton has grappled with the profound effects of nuclear war, terrorism, and genocide. Now he shifts to climate change, which, Lifton writes, "presents us with what may be the most demanding and unique psychological task ever required of humankind," what he describes as the task of mobilizing our imaginative resources toward climate sanity.

Thanks to the power of corporate-funded climate denialists and the fact that "with its slower, incremental sequence, [climate change] lends itself less to the apocalyptic drama," a large swathe of humanity has numbed themselves to the reality of climate change. Yet Lifton draws a message of hope from the Paris climate meeting of 2015 where representatives of virtually all nations joined in the recognition that we are a single species in deep trouble.

Here, Lifton suggests in this lucid and moving book that recalls Rachel Carson and Jonathan Schell, was evidence of how we might call upon the human mind—"our greatest evolutionary asset"—to translate a growing species awareness—or "climate swerve"—into action to sustain our habitat and civilization.

"A powerful and well-reasoned call to action." ---Kirkus

"From one of the foremost chroniclers of the twentieth century's other great dilemma, we now have these powerful reflections on climate change-they set in useful and vivid context this great crisis, and will be of use to all as we try to think our way through it." ---Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

"A rare combination of clear-eyed realism and chosen hope, The Climate Swerve comes just in time to move politics and resistance to the next, necessary level." ---James Carroll, author of House of War

"In this important new work, Lifton addresses the existential threat of our day: climate change. He offers us the 'climate swerve,' not as explanation but as source of hope. . . . the heart of the swerve is the commitment to telling the truth about climate change, which Lifton does unflinchingly in this courageous and crucial book." ---Naomi Oreskes, author of Merchants of Doubt and The Collapse of Western Civilization

The Climate Swerve

Reflections on Mind, Hope, and Survival

Author Robert Jay Lifton

Narrated by Rudy Sanda

Publication date Oct 10, 2017

Running time 4 hrs 18 min

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