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Tropic of Chaos

Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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From Africa to Asia and Latin America, the era of climate wars has begun. Extreme weather is breeding banditry, humanitarian crisis, and state failure. In Tropic of Chaos, investigative journalist Christian Parenti travels along the front lines of this gathering catastrophe - the belt of economically and politically battered postcolonial nations and war zones girding the planet's mid-latitudes. Here he finds failed states amid climatic disasters. But he also reveals the unsettling presence of Western military forces and explains how they see an opportunity in the crisis to prepare for open-ended global counterinsurgency.

Parenti argues that this incipient "climate fascism" - a political hardening of wealthy states - is bound to fail. The struggling states of the developing world cannot be allowed to collapse, as they will take other nations down as well. Instead, we must work to meet the challenge of climate-driven violence with a very different set of sustainable economic and development policies.

©2011 Christian Parenti (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Absolute must-read topic!

If you could sum up Tropic of Chaos in three words, what would they be?

Open your eyes.

Any additional comments?

This book's topic is critical for anyone who is not deluded enough to think they and their children/grandchildren can live in a protective bubble regardless of that happens to the rest of the world.

The book exposes the convergence of climate change with previous trends of economic imperialism and Cold War arms/violence. Thus, this book primarily frames the issue of climate-induced poverty, migration, and xenophobia in the political theater.

At first glance I might prefer more analysis on the economic side, but I do appreciate the author's argument that the #1 priority is to curtail greenhouse emissions and not wait for any drastic restructuring the world's socioeconomic structure. However you frame it though, both are connected.

For more environmental details, try "Eaarth" by Bill McKibben

A great read/listen on free market/austerity consequences to public health: "The Body Economic"

For more economics:
"Capital in the Twenty-First Century" (Piketty)
"All the Presidents' Bankers" (Prins)
"The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap" (Taibbi)

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Excellent books, problematic reading

I normally don't write full reviews, but the content of this book is so good that I figured pointing out some flaws in the narration might help the narrator improve. Please, please, please be sure you are pronouncing words correctly. Desert and dessert are very different. There were a number of other places where common words and names were mispronounced to the point that I had to pause and think for a moment to figure out the meaning. EVERYTHING else about the narration was excellent. Very good cadence and tone, just those occasional brick walls of pronunciation against which comprehension smashed :-).

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Thought provoking

An insightful perspective into the future by examining some of the lessons of the past and origins of regional conflicts.

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love it

Falls close to conspiracy theory sometimes, but overall a great audio book. Really complete picture of the relation between conflict and climate change.

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A very enjoyable audiobook

What did you like best about this story?

I don't agree with all the views expressed by the author, but the book is very good overall. Some parts require some patience, because the points explained at one part may not seem immediately relevant to the whole idea of climate change, but the questions brought up by the author are worth discussion.

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I think there were some minor pronunciation errors by the narrator, but overall, I think the narrator did a great job of engaging the reader.

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  • Brian & Kim Westman
  • 04-19-19

Worrying perspective or truth - great

Are you listening to learn or listening to answer! This a statement i heard recently, and not from thus book. However, until recently my perspective of climate change was more or less the excitement of enjoying more hot summers. My relative blissful ignorance can be shamed by this book, not for the fact that the potential for change in travel, consumerism and energy habits might change, but that human suffering, danger and distruotion to all society is highly likely and soon. The book takes a perspective from the human suffering and catastrophic situations that already exist. You wont get much of this detail by reading national papers or watching national news. Politically, there is a leaning to the left. Traditionally capitalist, but not really right wing, i am concerned when i hear that we need redistribution of wealth, but it is not from the position that all should be equal. It is from the position that were heading to a position of equally through chaos if we don't realise climate change is about war. Compelling listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-17

Inciteful

Outlines clearly the reality of climate related violence that is already affecting populations in the global South. The climate crisis interacts with the legacy of cold war militarism and neoliberal economic restructuring to create what Parenti calls the "catastrophic convergence". The emerging response of wealthy nations most responsible for global warming is open-ended counter-insurgency, militarised borders and a failure to set and implement appropriate renewable energy goals.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-17-19

A terrifying window into the future

This book is a compelling and comprehensive work that joins the dots between climate change, global politics and personal consequence to project a vivid picture of the world's future if we stay on our current path. It should be required reading for anyone who values the continued existence of civilization, but sadly remains relatively obscure.