Alastair McIntosh - Hell and High Water (2nd Hand Paperback)
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - Geography, Earth Sciences & Space
- Published : 2008 (Birlinn)
- ISBN : 9781841586229
- SKU : B000129
- PPC : SP260gm
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
Climate change is the greatest challenge that the world has ever faced.
In this, at the time, ground-breaking book, Alastair McIntosh's Hell & High Water summarises the science of what is happening to the planet - both globally and using Scotland as a local case study.
He moves on, controversially, to suggest that politics alone is not enough to tackle the scale and depth of the problem. At root is our addictive consumer mentality. Wants have replaced needs and consumption drives our very identity.
In a fascinating journey through early texts that speak to climate change - including the ancient Sumerian Epic of 'Gilgamesh', Plato's myth of 'Atlantis', and Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'.
McIntosh reveals the psycho-history of modern consumerism. He shows how we have fallen prey to a numbing culture of violence and the motivational manipulation of marketing.
"While McIntosh does an admirable job of summarizing the science, economics and politics of climate change in the first section, it is the second part of the book that forms the meat of his argument. A tour de force rendered in flawlessly prose, the section draws on philosophy, theology, poetry, myth and literature to situate the real root of Hell and High water in the human condition." - Goodreads Review.