Jeffrey St. Clair is editor of CounterPunch. His books include: Been Brown So Long It Looked Like Green to Me: The Politics of Nature, A Pocket Guide to Environmental Bad Guys (with James Ridgeway), Born Under a Bad Sky: Notes From the Dark Side of the Earth and Bernie and the Sandernistas: Field Notes From a Failed Revolution. He lives in Oregon. Joshua Frank is managing editor of CounterPunch. His most recent book is Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, co-edited with Jeffrey St. Clair and published by AK Press.
The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink is left environmental writing at its eloquent, state-of-the-art best. It is also a stirring call to meaningfully militant action. -- Paul Street, author of They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy Here's the real story of our privatization of free-living animals. Of the federal malpractice of forestry. Of every bit of pious and charitable pandering that got us the weird EPA leadership and toxic militarism controlling our lives today. Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank tell all that unfolds when political parties share 'the same lethal ideology' of infinite consumption. In this important folio of essays, these two legendary investigative writers tell the urgent story of vast open lands, of mighty waters yearning to flow free again, of elk and grizzlies. -- Lee Hall, environmental attorney and author of On Their Own Terms If Hunter S. Thompson had been a backpacker, this is the book he would have written. But don't let the fear and loathing fool you: this book is a love letter to the American West--that is, what's left of the West in the wake of fracking, toxic waste, the gunning down of grizzlies and wolves, the hypocrisy of Democrats, and the venality of Republicans. There are passages here that will break your heart. -- Ted Nace, author of Climate Hope: On the Frontlines of the Fight Against Coal Many thanks to Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank, who have elegantly highlighted the lives and actions that matter most in the 21st-Century struggle to keep it real. In a culture of artifice and unreality where everything's for sale, stories like these exemplify how persistence and focused resistance inspire a new generation of radical dissent. Ask any oligarch, CEO, opposing bureaucrat, or government attorney what melts their glacier, and they will all tell you about that unique artist, poet or grassroots activist that can't be bought, won't cave in and never gives up. -- Steve Kelly, co-founder Alliance for the Wild Rockies Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank connect the dots between environmental destruction and Big Oil, Big Timber, Big Meat, Hydro- Imperialists and other greedy expropriators of our land and water. The Big Heat: Earth of the Brink names names, names policies and give readers an essential overview of the culprits in our environmental crisis and what can be done about it. -- Martha Rosenberg, author of Born With a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks, and Hacks Pimp the Public Health