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Out of the Wreckage

A New Politics for an Age of Crisis
Narrated by: George Monbiot
Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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A toxic ideology rules the world of extreme competition and individualism. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. Only a positive vision can replace it, a new story that reengages people in politics and lights a path to a better world.

George Monbiot shows how new findings in psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology cast human nature in a radically different light: as the supreme altruists and cooperators. He shows how we can build on these findings to create a new politics: a 'politics of belonging'.

Both democracy and economic life can be radically reorganized from the bottom up, enabling us to take back control and overthrow the forces that have thwarted our ambitions for a better society.

Urgent and passionate, Out of the Wreckage provides the hope and clarity required to change the world.

©2017 George Monbiot (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Superb. Uplifting. Taking the complicated mess of our global crises and offering simple, clear and attainable solutions

Out of the Wreckage is the finest audio book. I want everybody in the world to hear it. I could become quite evangelical in promoting it. It offers hope in seemingly hopeless situations. Thank you George Monbiot; it takes a brilliant mind to create such simple and elegant solutions. I will be forever grateful for your clarity and insight.

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Riveting

I couldn't put it down. Not just a book about the environment, but how citizens can take control of government for much more equitable outcomes that actually align with our values of community, justice, and fairness.

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Inspiring.

A guidebook to a utopian future where we have cole.to love each other and our planet.

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A cornerstone of the democratic revolution

This short but powerful book provides a vision of the world as it should and could be, calling on real world examples that give us stars to navigate by. One of the most vital works of the 21st Century revolution to reclaim democracy.

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  • Magpie
  • Portland, OR USA
  • 07-09-18

Perfect timing.

This excellent book is exactly what we need right now. Practical, inspirational, and perfectly timed. Don't give up on humans just yet!

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An attempt at a new political story

More inspirational than practical, born of the post-Trump era. Monbiot hopes to inspire a new story for political change...sketching a horizon that progressives can orient Mass calls for change.

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  • grimnortherner
  • 05-21-18

A rather sketchy map towards a new political era

Monbiot starts with a neat and eloquent rant about where we are, how we got here, and seemingly, how doomed we are to remain. At first I didn’t feel as though we ever would get out of the wreckage at all, and for all the clever and stimulating analysis, it felt like he was going to leave us languishing.

In the end the books wraps up quite nicely and left this listener feeling at least a little bit inspired and much more able to diagnose and potentially treat the causes of his current political malaise. Of all the post-Brexit self help books I’ve consumed, this one is probably the most effective yet.

A good balance of political and economic analysis throughout. Though for all the talk of the person, the people, the commons; and the need to tell an engaging story; the book feels rather impersonal and doesn’t have a hero that draws the listener in. Maybe Monbiot sees himself filling that role - in that respect he makes a brave attempt, but I’m not quite convinced.

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  • Vicky
  • 01-10-18

Comprehensive and inspiring

A succint yet rich in concrete proposals blueprint for a new society. Direct participation now appears irresistible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-18

Nice ideas but not the most thorough arguments.

Could have done with more in depth real world examples. Decent book though, but felt a bit lightweight, though I agree with most of the content.

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  • papapownall
  • 08-04-19

Realistic critique of the current world order

George Monbiot is best known as an environmental campaigner, In this book he throws his net wider to assess the state of global geopolitics and the dichotomy of human nature (fundamentally altruistic) with neo-liberalism and the quest for self serving economic growth in a world with finite resources. The concept of the nation state is questioned and the democratic process that we cherish in the Western World is probed. Monbiot argues that the United States is a plutocracy where political power can be bought and sold and that only c0.8m of the c60m in the United Kingdom have any political influence due to the "first past the post" system. Much of this is stating the obvious and, as Monbiot rightly states, those who hold power are unlikely to relinquish it by changing the system to a fairer method where people really are able to influence policies such as the examples quoted in Switzerland and a few specific experiments in Brazil. What is clear it that our current system of politics is broken and it is only by reverting to a true representation of the electorate similar to Sortition that we will be able to achieve true collective decision making. The book ends on an optimistic note with the example of US Democrat Candidate Bernie Saunders who formed a grass roots movement to challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016 and narrowly failed despite crowd funding his campaign rather than relying on the sponsorship of large corporations.

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  • Paul Murphy
  • 01-31-19

A manifesto for hope

In a World where you feel so insignificant, a book comes along and empowers. A real joy, enlighting and from someone that sees themselves on the right side of politics, not a small endorsement. Modern political issues made simple and understandable, but unlike most books dissecting the current zeitgeist actually goes into steps ordinary people could do to make the difference. Great suggestions well argued. Interesting to anyone disillusioned with the current political quagmire.

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  • cloudspotter
  • 01-04-19

a strong argument from Monbiot

In this highly engaging audio book Monbiot presents an informed and well supported explanation of how we have ended up at this current point of crisis and offers a way forward through some significant changes - highly recommended

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  • Phillip Middleton
  • 07-12-18

a compelling and optimistic plan for change

the author offers a genuine alternative to the dog eat dog life we are living

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  • harrietp
  • 05-29-18

Smartest book on politics I've ever come across

This book is like a cross between Malcolm Gladwell, Naomi Klein and 12 Rules for Life. It has taught me so much about the current political situation, and I’ve found myself bringing up things I learnt in conversations all the time. Everyone I've recommended it to loved it.

It’s also incredibly engaging and readable. It’s a hopeful look at politics, and a smart perspective on the future – with amazing insight in to how to life your life well. The best current affairs book I’ve listened to!

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  • Bumble
  • 09-06-19

Highly Recommended

George has an insightful mind and is an excellent speaker. This book is both engaging and inspirational. Even if have never read/heard a book by George Monbiot before I recommend trying this one.

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  • Tom S
  • 05-19-19

Good but

There is so much more need for reform than addressed. Who should have a say on what gets too little attention.

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  • Huge Ackman
  • 07-10-18

Very powerful, very practical

This book is the antidote to that feeling of hopelessness that one gets looking at our current political situation. I found myself completely inspired; to the point of having to Interrupt myself listening, ‘put the book down’ and do something. This is a must read for anyone wanting to make a real difference, share this with your local representatives and candidates, buy them a copy even. This is how we get power back to the people!

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  • Alexa Forbes
  • 07-09-18

A good look at a complex subject

I found this book often depressing, when i hoped it would be more uplifting. That said, it's a well researched, well written piece of work and he reads it beautifully. I think his plan for a new political era is probably sound, but it seemed very USA focused and the context will be different in other parts of the world. I generally enjoyed it and learned much. Well worth a read, and worth trying to implement his plan.

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  • Paula Morrow
  • 04-17-19

Wonderful!

One of the best thinkers and speakers around. George Monbiot gives me hope for our future.