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Works of Radical Imagination

The Derrick Jensen Reader

Writings on Environmental Revolution

by Derrick Jensen

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In an age marked by seemingly unstoppable environmental collapse and the urgent quest for solutions, environmental philosopher Derrick Jensen, the voice of the growing ‘deep ecology’ movement, reveals for us new seeds of hope. Here for the first time are generous selections from Jensen’s prescient, unflinching books on the problem of civilization and the path to true resistance.

In the acclaimed A Language Older Than Words, Jensen dissects his own abusive childhood to examine the pathology of Western culture and shares with us the power and beauty of an alliance with the natural world. He continues to use the lens of his own experience as well as the wisdom of philosophers, activists, and teachers to expose oppression and call us to action in his other early works, Listening to the Land, A Culture of Make-Believe, Strangely Like War, and Walking on Water. We see his analysis deepen when he asks us to accept that the only moral response to biocide is resistance in the two-volume Endgame—a truth he explores further in Thought to Exist in the Wild, What We Leave Behind, the graphic novel As The World Burns, and in his two novels, Songs of the Dead and Lives Less Valuable. And in Dreams, Jensen's latest work, he leads us still further toward his vision for a healed planet, freeing us to see beyond the limits of our present culture to a future luminous with meaning.

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“A rare and original voice of sanity in a chaotic world.”

“Activist Jensen's absorbing and insightful writings and speeches have placed him in the vanguard of the environmental movement.”

“Singular, compelling and courageously honest.”

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Derrick Jensen is the best-known voice of the deep ecology movement. Winner of numerous awards and honors including the Eric Hoffer Book Award, USA Today’s Critic’s Choice, and Press Action’s person of the Year, Jensen is the author of over fifteen books, including Endgame and Deep Green Resistance (with Aric McBay and Lierre Keith). Philosopher, teacher, and radical activist, he regularly rouses packed auditoriums across the country with his revolutionary spirit. Jensen holds degrees in creative writing and mineral engineering physics. He lives in Crescent City, California.