Here, for the first time, is a simple, single explanation for the major problems facing the world today. Environmental superstar Annie Leonard has already reached millions worldwide with her message about the way stuff is ruining our lives. It's time she reached you, too.
Annie Leonard is an expert in international sustainability and environmental-health issues. Over the past 20 years, during her work for organisations such as Greenpeace, she has established a sterling reputation for her scholarship about and activism against waste-trafficking. With The Story of Stuff her charisma, her infectious curiosity, and her riveting message have extended her reputation far beyond environmentalists to average people of all stripes: she captivates audiences of schoolchildren and congressional sub-committees alike.
Leonard examines conspicuous consumption and its human and environmental costs in an expansion of her short documentary of the same name. The analysis is accessible, and Leonard is skilled at breaking down large and abstruse concepts for the listeners. She's less winning as a reader, however: her bubbly voice and predilection for overemphasis are grating-and occasionally, her explanations and prescriptions veer into condescension. These failings aside, here is a wealth of very important information. As a bonus, the MP3 CD includes the original video, but omits the charts and graphics in the book. A Free Press hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 25). (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
A potentially important book that brings a great many facts and arguments into a single volume. - Irish ExaminerThe book may be recycled, but Leonard's passion is new and refreshing. - GeographicalTaking us into 'the dark heart of American consumerism' in an amusing and trenchant way. - Guardian