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MARK HERTSGAARD, called one of America's finest reporters by Barbara Ehrenreich, covers climate change for Vanity Fair, The Nation, and L'Espresso. He is the author of six books, which have been translated into sixteen languages, including Earth Odyssey.

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Passionate and somber...[Hot's] urgent message is one that citizens and governments cannot afford to ignore. --Boston GlobeInformative and vividly reported book...passionate. --San Francisco Chronicle

[A] readable, passionate book . . . persuasively argues that human survival depends on bottom-up, citizen-driven government action. --Publishers Weekly

Climate change is well underway, writes Hertsgaard, and we must begin to adapt to it even as we work to stop it.... The author's stated goal is to make readers feel hopeful so that they will act, but he is candid about his own lapses into despair. . . . Hopefully, this book will prompt readers to action. Starkly clear and of utmost importance. --Kirkus Reviews (starred)

In Hot, one of America's finest journalists confronts one of the world's most urgent problems. Hertsgaard cuts through the denial and disinformation about climate change, offering a clear, tough-minded view of our predicament. More important, he shows that the worst harms of global warming are not inevitable and outlines the steps that can help to avert disaster. Hot bravely takes aim at perhaps the greatest climate threat of all: apathy. --Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation

I know what you're thinking: The problem is so massive I can't bear to read any more about it. But you're wrong. Mark Hertsgaard not only makes the workings of climate change clear, vivid and comprehensible but gives us some reasons for hope. Some of the ways to fight or adapt to global warming are simpler--and more unexpected--than you would think, and some of the places where these lessons are being applied you never would have guessed. Hot is a lively, personal, very human piece of reportage about an issue that will ever more be at the very center of our lives. --Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost

Mark Hertsgaard is the master of a kind of travelogue reporting that lets you understand possibilities and problems in a deep way. But this time, one of the places he's traveling to is the near future, and the news he brings back is equal parts scary, invigorating, and full of challenge. This is an important book. --Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet Like the fairy tales that Mark reads to his daughter, Chiara, Hot is full of out-sized challenges and glimmers of hope. In this brilliant postcard from the year 2060, Mark explores a world that will be defined, for better or worse, by decisions made today as we conduct a massive planetary science experiment--one that future generations will grade us on. --Terry Tamminen, Secretary of the California EPA for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

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