All Books

This is inevitably a highly selective choice. The selection is partly our own preference and partly an assessment of the books we believe have been the most influential or are in some other way particularly pertinent.

We have included some classic or seminal green texts from before 1970 in addition to books published during our core timeframe 1970-1990. A few later books are included where they are written by participants themselves looking back. We see the list as a good beginning for anyone wishing to acquaint themselves with green political thinking from the original sources.

This list is alphabetical by title ("The" as the first word of the title puts it in the T's). Click on the title to get the full description for the book and reviews. Click on the authors name to get a list of books by that author. Click on the tags to get a list of books with that tag. For a full list of authors and tags use the menu at the top of the page.

We welcome reviews and comments on the books, simply fill in the comment form on the individual book page. If you would like to submit a long review (more than about 200 words) then send it in by email.

Cover of A Guide for the Perplexed

A Guide for the Perplexed

Year: 1977
A damning critique of scientific materialism - the summation of his life's work.
Tags: 1970-79  
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Cover of Animal Machines

Animal Machines

Year: 1964
Did for factory farming what Silent Spring did for pesticides
Tags: 1950-69  
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Cover of Be Human or Die

Be Human or Die

Year: 1973
Tags: 1970-79  
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Cover of Blueprint for Survival

Blueprint for Survival

Year: 1972
Published in book form after appearing in The Ecologist and widely read and translated.
Tags: 1970-79  
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Cover of Deschooling Society

Deschooling Society

Year: 1971
A critique of modern schooling - "Universal education through schooling is not feasible."
Tags: 1970-79  
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Cover of Ecotopia

Ecotopia

Year: 1975
A fictional description of an Ecological Utopia
Tags: 1970-79  
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Cover of Fields, Factories and Workshops

Fields, Factories and Workshops

Year: 1898
Often presented as an anarchist text but actually a vision of self-sufficient ecological communities ...
Tags: before 1900  
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Cover of Future Shock

Future Shock

Year: 1970
"Future shock" is the personal perception of too much change in too short a period of time
Tags: 1970-79  
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Cover of Gaia: a new look at life on earth

Gaia: a new look at life on earth

Year: 1979
The book that launched the idea of Gaia into the public mind
Tags: 1970-79  
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Cover of Green Politics

Green Politics

Year: 1984
The rise of the W.German greens documented.
Tags: 1980-89  
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Cover of News from Nowhere

News from Nowhere

Year: 1891
Fictional account of an eco-socialist utopia
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Cover of Our Synthetic Environment

Our Synthetic Environment

Year: 1962
Warns of dangers of pesticide use (just before Silent Spring) and calls for ecological worldview
Tags: 1950-69  
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Cover of Post Scarcity Anarchism

Post Scarcity Anarchism

Year: 1971
There was a lot of overlap between anarchist and ecological thinking. Many read and were influenced ...
Tags: 1970-79  
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Cover of Seeing Green

Seeing Green

Year: 1984
At least worthy of mention as the book which inspired Caroline Lucas to join the Green Party in 1986 ...
Tags: 1980-89  
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Cover of Silent Spring

Silent Spring

Year: 1962
Often credited with kickstarting the modern ecology movement.
Tags: 1950-69  
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Cover of Since Silent Spring

Since Silent Spring

Year: 1970
8 years after Silent Spring, a rebuttal to the storm of complaint from vested pesticide interests. ...
Tags: 1970-79  
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Cover of Small Is Beautiful

Small Is Beautiful
a study of economics as if people mattered

Year: 1973
The book that brought a damning critique of conventional economics to a wide audience
Tags: 1970-79  
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Cover of The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency

The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency

Year: 1976
The Fat of the Land set the scene, this provided the coffee table manual.
Tags: 1970-79  
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Cover of The Eco-Activists

The Eco-Activists

Year: 1971
A useful survey of the late 60s wave of eco-activism
Tags: 1970-79  
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Cover of The Fat of the Land

The Fat of the Land

Year: 1961
Prelude to the self-sufficiency movement
Tags: 1950-69  
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