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Kunstler, James Howard

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Works: 97 works in 323 publications in 3 languages and 16,375 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Juvenile works  Biography  Case studies  Folklore  Dystopias  Legends  Science fiction  Short films 
Roles: Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3561.U55, 813.54
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Publications about James Howard Kunstler
Publications by James Howard Kunstler
Most widely held works about James Howard Kunstler
 
Most widely held works by James Howard Kunstler
The long emergency : surviving the converging catastrophes of the twenty-first century by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
24 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,862 libraries worldwide
What will happen when our current plagues of global warming, epidemic disease, and overpopulation collide to exacerbate the end of the oil age? The last two hundred years have seen the greatest explosion of progress and wealth in the history of mankind, much of it based on the exploitation of cheap, nonrenewable fossil-fuel energy. Our daily enjoyment of oil and gas has given us the energy equivalent of three hundred slaves per person in the industrialized nations. But life as we know it is about to change radically, and much sooner than we think. No combination of alternative energies will permit us to continue living the way we do, or even close to it. This book tells us just what to expect after the honeymoon of affordable energy is over, preparing us for economic, political, and social changes of an unimaginable scale.--From publisher description
The geography of nowhere : the rise and decline of America's man-made landscape by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
23 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,664 libraries worldwide
"Eighty percent of everything ever built in America has been built since the end of World War II. This tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside is not simply an expression of our economic predicament, but in large part a cause. It is the everyday environment where most Americans live and work, and it represents a gathering calamity whose effects we have hardly begun to measure." "In The Geography of Nowhere, James Howard Kunstler traces America's evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where everyplace is like noplace in particular, where the city is a dead zone and the countryside a wasteland of cars and blacktop. Now that the great suburban build-out is over, Kunstler argues, we are stuck with the consequences: a national living arrangement that destroys civic life while imposing enormous social costs and economic burdens. Kunstler explains how our present zoning laws impoverish the life of our communities, and how all our efforts to make automobiles happy have resulted in making human beings miserable. He shows how common building regulations have led to a crisis in affordable housing, and why street crime is directly related to our traditional disregard for the public realm." "Kunstler takes the reader on a historical journey to understand how Americans came to view their landscape as a commodity for exploitation rather than a social resource. He explains why our towns and cities came to be wounded by the abstract dogmas of Modernism, and reveals the paradox of a people who yearn for places worthy of their affection, yet bend their efforts in an economic enterprise of destruction that degrades and defaces what they most deeply desire." "Kunstler proposes sensible remedies for this American crisis of landscape and townscape: a return to sound principles of planning and the lost art of good place-making, an end to the tyranny of compulsive commuting, the unreality of the suburb, the alienation and violence of downtown, the vulgarity of the highway strip, and the destruction of our countryside. The Geography of Nowhere puts the issue of how we actually live squarely at the center of our ongoing debate about the nation's economy and America's future."--BOOK JACKET
Home from nowhere : remaking our everyday world for the twenty-first Century by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
14 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 1,252 libraries worldwide
"In Home from Nowhere Kunstler explores the growing movement across America to restore the physical dwelling place of our civilization. Picking up where The Geography of Nowhere left off, Kunstler describes precisely how the American Dream of a little cottage in a natural landscape mutated into today's sprawling automobile suburb in all its ghastliness, and why "we are going to run shrieking from it to a better world." He locates in our national psychology the origin of Americans' traditional dislike for city life, and what this implies about our ability to get along with one another." "Most important, Home from Nowhere offers real hope for a nation yearning to live in authentic places worth caring about. Kunstler calls for a wholehearted restoration of traditional architecture and town planning based on enduring principles of design. He declares that the public realm matters, and that it must be honored and embellished in order to make civic life possible. He argues that the idea of beauty must be readmitted to intellectual respectability." "From Seaside on the Florida panhandle, a bold experiment to create a radically better form of land development, to the reclamation of inner city neighborhoods, Kunstler documents the movement to revive American communities and a shared sense of place - presenting the crisis of our landscape and townscape that is at the center of the debate about this nation's future."--BOOK JACKET
World made by hand by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,247 libraries worldwide
In the wake of global catastrophes that have destroyed industrial civilization, the inhabitants of Union Grove, a small New York town, do anything they can to get by, as they struggle to deal with a new way of life over the course of an eventful summer
Too much magic : wishful thinking, technology, and the fate of the nation by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
5 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 773 libraries worldwide
""Too Much Magic" is what Kunstler sees in the bright visions of a future world dreamed up by optimistic souls who believe technology will solve all our problems. In Too Much Magic, Kunstler articulates a number of issues relating to the unsustainability of our high-energy lifestyle, including: The pernicious cult of "Happy Motoring" and our desire to preserve an ailing and backwards automotive industry at all costs; The upcoming demise of suburbia and the mass migration and demographic shifts that will ensue; The inadequacy of both renewable energy sources and alternative fossil fuels such as biodiesel, tar sands, and shale oil and gas to make up the energy shortfall when our conventional sources of fuel dry; The effect of the continuing increase in global population even after resource shortfalls of oil and fossil fuels become acute; How the diminishing returns of technology collide with hypercomplexity to scuttle our wishes for an easy way out of our epochal predicaments. With vision and clarity of thought, and an antic, comic spirit, Kunstler argues that the time for magical thinking and hoping for miracles is over, and the time to begin preparing for the long emergency has begun."--Jacket
The witch of Hebron : a World made by hand novel by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 756 libraries worldwide
In a post-oil America with no electricity, no Internet, dwindling resources, and little civic order, the residents of the small town of Union Grove, New York, must deal with roving bandits and a sinister cult that threatens to shatter the hamlet's stability
The city in mind : meditations on the urban condition by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
14 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 747 libraries worldwide
"In the Geography of Nowhere, James Howard Kunstler declared suburbia "a tragic landscape of cartoon architecture, junked cities, and ravaged countryside" and put himself at the heart of a fierce debate over how we will live in twenty-first century America. Now, Kunstler turns his wickedly mordant and astute eye on urban life both in America and across the world. From classical Rome to the "gigantic hairball" of contemporary Atlanta, he offers a far-reaching discourse on the history and current state of urban life." "The City in Mind tells the story of urban design and how the architectural makeup of a city directly influences its culture as well as its success. From the ingenious architectural design of Louis-Napoleon's renovation of Paris to the bloody collision of cultures that occurred when Cortes conquered the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, from the grandiose architectural schemes of Hitler and Albert Speer to the meanings behind the ludicrous spectacle of Las Vegas, Kunstler opens up a new dialogue on the development and effects of urban construction. In his investigations, he discovers American communities in the Sunbelt and Southwest alienated from each other and themselves, Northeastern cities caught between their initial civic construction and our current car-obsessed society, and a disparate Europe with its mix of pre-industrial creativity, and war-marked reminders of the twentieth century."--Jacket
Maggie Darling : a modern romance by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
10 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and Polish and held by 567 libraries worldwide
Maggie Darling's perfect life is dissolved by matrimonial meltdown, thanks to her unfaithful investment banker husband, and she embarks on a year of romantic misadventure as she has a fling with a British rock star, becomes entangled with a gangsta rap group, and is seduced by her book editor
The song of Sacajawea ( visu )
10 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 535 libraries worldwide
Tells the true story of a young American Indian woman who courageously guides the Lewis and Clark expedition across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean
An embarrassment of riches : a novel by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
5 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in English and held by 527 libraries worldwide
Two botonist travel into the American wilderness looking for something that's not there
Johnny Appleseed ( visu )
7 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 524 libraries worldwide
The story of John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) whose distribution of appleseeds and trees across the Midwest made him a legend and left a legacy still enjoyed today
World made by hand by James Howard Kunstler( Sound Recording )
21 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 464 libraries worldwide
In The Long Emergency, celebrated social commentator James Howard Kunstler explored how the terminal decline of oil production combined with climate change had the potential to put industrial civilization out of business. In World Made by Hand, an astonishing work of speculative fiction, Kunstler brings to life what America might be, a few decades hence, after these catastrophes converge. The electricity has flickered out. The automobile age is over. In Union Grove, a little town in upstate New York, the future is nothing like people thought it would be. Life is hard and close to the bone. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren't sure. The townspeople's challenges play out in a dazzling, fully realized world of abandoned highways and empty houses, horses working the fields and rivers, no longer polluted, and replenished with fish
Aladdin and the magic lamp by James Howard Kunstler( visu )
11 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 404 libraries worldwide
Actor John Hurt relates this enchanting tale from A Thousand and One Nights, about a young rogue and the genie who helps him win the love of the Sultan's daughter
Johnny Appleseed by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 357 libraries worldwide
Profiles the adventures of legendary apple grower Jonathan Champman in the early nineteenth-century Midwest. This touching story of the benevolent naturalist who roamed the Ohio valley in the early 1800's, planting apple orchards, making friends, and spreading goodwill along his way. Known to early settlers as a gentle soul with a reverence for all life, Johnny never missed a chance to save an abandoned animal or to savor a delicious apple pie
A history of the future : a World made by hand novel by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 310 libraries worldwide
"Following the catastrophes of the twenty-first century--the pandemics, the environmental disaster, the end of oil, the ensuing chaos--people are doing whatever they can to get by and pursuing a simpler and sometimes happier existence. In little Union Grove, the townspeople are preparing for Christmas. Without the consumerist shopping frenzy that dogged the holidays of the previous age, the season has become a time to focus on family and loved ones. It is a stormy Christmas Eve when Robert Earle's son Daniel arrives back from his two years of sojourning throughout what is left of the United States. He collapses from exhaustion and illness, but as he recovers tells the story of the break-up of the nation into three uneasy independent regions and his journey into the dark heart of the New Foxfire Republic centered in Tennessee and led by the female evangelical despot, Loving Morrow. In the background, Union Grove has been shocked by the Christmas Eve double murder by a young mother, in the throes of illness, of her husband and infant son. Town magistrate Stephen Bullock is in a hanging mood" --
Aladdin and the magic lamp by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 297 libraries worldwide
Aladdin outwits an evil magician who first tries to trick him into handing over an old lamp with a genie inside and later steals Aladdin's wife and possessions
Annie Oakley by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
4 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 296 libraries worldwide
Tells the true story of Annie Oakley, whose extraordinary sharpshooting exploits brought her international fame as the star of Buffalo Bill's Famous Wild West Show
Johnny Appleseed by James Howard Kunstler( Sound Recording )
10 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and held by 276 libraries worldwide
Story of the benevolent naturalist who roamed the Ohio Valley during the 1800's, planting apple orchards and spreading good will
The Legend of Davy Crockett ( visu )
3 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 272 libraries worldwide
The story of the man who was half-alligator and half-snapping turtle with a touch of earthquake thrown in. Davy Crockett was the ultimate backwoods American legend who, at the Alamo, literally brags himself into American history
Davy Crockett by James Howard Kunstler( Book )
2 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 270 libraries worldwide
Relates the true story of Davy Crockett, one of the Old West's outstanding hunters, frontiersmen, and legislators
 
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Kunstler, James Howard
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English (183)
Polish (2)
Italian (1)
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