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More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources-and What Happens Next

Category: Book
By (author): Mcafee, Andrew
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Consumer Behavior
  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
  NON-FICTION / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Social Theory
Publisher: Scribner
Published: October 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*From the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Second Machine Age, a compelling argument-masterfully researched and brilliantly articulated-that we have at last learned how to increase human prosperity while treading more lightly on our planet.

Throughout history, the only way for humanity to grow was by degrading the Earth: chopping down forests, fouling the air and water, and endlessly digging out resources. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the reigning argument has been that taking better care of the planet means radically changing course: reducing our consumption, tightening our belts, learning to share and reuse, restraining growth. Is that argument correct?

Absolutely not. In More from Less, McAfee argues that to solve our ecological problems we don't need to make radical changes. Instead, we need to do more of what we're already doing: growing technologically sophisticated market-based economies around the world.

How can he possibly make this claim? Because of the evidence. America-a large, high-tech country that accounts for about 25% of the global economy-is now generally using less of most resources year after year, even as its economy and population continue to grow. What's more, the US is polluting the air and water less, emitting fewer greenhouse gases, and replenishing endangered animal populations. And, as McAfee shows, America is not alone. Other countries are also transforming themselves in fundamental ways.

What has made this turnabout possible? One thing, primarily: the collaboration between technology and capitalism, although good governance and public awareness have also been critical. McAfee does warn of issues that haven't been solved, like global warming, overfishing, and communities left behind as capitalism and tech progress race forward. But overall, More from Less is a revelatory, paradigm-shifting account of how we've stumbled into an unexpectedly better balance with nature-one that holds out the promise of more abundant and greener centuries ahead.
Review Quote*"Everyone knows we're doomed by runaway overpopulation, pollution, or resource depletion, whichever comes first. Not only is this view paralyzing and fatalistic, but, as Andrew McAfee shows in this exhilarating book, it's wrong….More from Less is fascinating, enjoyable to read, and tremendously empowering."
-Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Review Quote*"For many years now, Andrew McAfee has been arguing that the fourth industrial revolution would transform our economies and the quality of our lives. In his new book More from Less he applies his positive approach to the case of our planet, arguing that we have reached a critical tipping point where technology is allowing us to actually reduce our ecological footprint-a truly counterintuitive finding! . . . [This book is] well worth reading even if your first impression, like mine, is: it can't be true!"
-Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Review Quote*"The shortest path to improving the world is to notice objectively what is already working, and do more of it.  As for the things that are still going wrong, figure out the minimalist way to turn them around, and do that.  McAfee's More from Less is packed with practical news and advice that will disconcert ideologues of every stripe."
-Stewart Brand, editor of The Whole Earth Catalog
Review Quote*"By subverting our common perceptions of capitalism and technology as enemies of progress and environmental preservation, McAfee offers all of us a clear-eyed source of optimism and hope. Critically, he also makes the case for what comes next-offering up vital lessons that have the potential to make the world both more prosperous and more just."
-Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation
Review Quote*"Andrew McAfee's optimistic and humane book documents a profoundly important and under-appreciated megatrend-the dematerialization of our economy. In a world where there is much to worry about his analytical optimism is very welcome. Anyone who worries about the future will have their fears allayed and hopes raised by reading this important book."
-Lawrence H. Summers, former Secretary of the United States Treasury and Director of the National Economic Council
Review Quote*"In More from Less Andrew McAfee conclusively demonstrates how environmentalism requires more technology and capitalism, not less. Our modern technologies actually dematerialize our consumption, giving us higher human welfare with lower material inputs. This is an urgently needed and clear-eyed view of how to have our technological cake and eat it too."
-Marc Andreessen, cofounder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz
Review Quote*"A must-read-timely and refreshing! Amid the din of voices insisting that the ravages of climate change are unstoppable, McAffee offers a desperately needed nuanced perspective on what governments and society have got right, and he compellingly argues that commendable progress has already been made. His book is not a call for complacency; rather, it's a welcome and thoughtful recognition of where we've succeeded and a practical path for what more can be achieved in the efficient use of natural resources. A gem of a book!"
-Dambisa Moyo, author of Dead Aid, How the West Was Lost, Winner Take All, and Edge of Chaos
Review Quote*"This book is the best kind of surprise. It tells us something about our relationship with our planet that is both unexpected and hopeful. The evidence McAfee presents is convincing: we have at last learned how to tread more lightly on the Earth."
-Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google
Review Quote*"Andrew McAfee's new book addresses an urgent need in our world today: defining a framework for addressing big global challenges. His proposals are based on a thorough analysis of the state of the world, combined with a refreshing can-do attitude."
-Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum