World Made By Hand

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 920 ratings

World Made by Hand Publisher's Summary

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.

This is the story of Robert Earle and his fellow townspeople and what happens to them one summer in a country that has changed profoundly. A powerful tale of love, loss, violence, and desperation, World Made by Hand is also lyrical and tender, a surprising story of a new America struggling to be born - a story more relevant now than ever.

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  • Book 1

    • World Made by Hand

    • The World Made by Hand Novels, Book 1
    • By: James Howard Kunstler
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 428
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 334
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 334

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A kind of Amish post-apocalypse

    • By David on 06-27-13

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 2

    • The Witch of Hebron

    • A World Made by Hand Novel
    • By: James Howard Kunstler
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 233
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173

    In the sequel to his best-selling World Made by Hand, James Howard Kunstler expands on his vision of a post-oil society with a new novel about an America in which the electricity has flickered off, the Internet is a distant memory, and the government is little more than a rumor. In the tiny hamlet of Union Grove, New York, travel is horse-drawn and farming is back at the center of life. But it’s no pastoral haven.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very satisfying, and well-read

    • By Bryan on 02-15-11

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 3

    • A History of the Future

    • A World Made by Hand Novel, Book 3
    • By: James Howard Kunstler
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140

    Following the catastrophes of the 21st 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 in upstate New York, 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I have loved the entire series.

    • By Ronald Pero on 02-09-17

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 4

    • The Harrows of Spring

    • The World Made by Hand Novels, Book 4
    • By: James Howard Kunstler
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102

    In the little upstate New York town of Union Grove, springtime is a most difficult season, known as "the six weeks want," when fresh food is scarce and winter stores have dwindled. Young Daniel Earle returns from his haunting travels around what is left of the United States intent on resurrecting the town newspaper. He is also recruited by the town trustees to help revive the Hudson River trade route shut down peevishly by the local grandee, planter Stephen Bullock.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great conclusion to the series

    • By Benjamin Adams on 06-03-17

    Regular price: $24.47