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Praise for The Story of Stuff “Annie Leonard occupies a unique, vital place in the pantheon of leading social and political thinkers in American society today. Better than anyone before, she is able to explain, with simplicity, humor, and verve, the intrinsic problems of an economic system that destroys the Earth while delivering social and economic chaos. This is must reading for anyone seeking to grasp the interlocking crises of our time, what to do about them, and how to talk about them with others. An educational and organizing tool of the utmost importance.” —Jerry Mander, founder, Distinguished Fellow, the International Forum on Globalization, and author of In the Absence of the Sacred: Failure of Technology and The Case Against the Global Economy—And for a Turn Toward the Local “Annie Leonard has a gift for teaching without preaching. The Story of Stuff is a brilliant and heartwarming book, a much-needed burst of energy directed toward solutions that stands out in a field of dire facts and laborious explanations about the state of our world.” —Maude Barlow, author of Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water “Annie Leonard journeys into the dark heart of consumerism and returns with a masterpiece. Part handbook, part manifesto, fact-packed and eye-opening, The Story of Stuff is essential reading for anyone concerned about the environment.” —Alan Burdick, author of Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion “Annie Leonard has done it again! The Story of Stuff video was a huge hit with my students and my family, and I plan on sharing this amazing book with everyone I know. Leonard expertly guides us through the hard truths of our materials economy, from extraction to disposal and she offers concrete and positive alternatives every step of the way. The most important thing I learned from this book is that if we build community and focus on what really matters, we can use our collective power and imagination to change the world. Let’s get to work!” —David Naguib Pellow, professor of sociology, University of Minnesota, and author of Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago and Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental Justice “Many of the problems facing the world today can be traced back to how we make, consume, and toss our mountains of stuff. Annie Leonard takes us on a much-needed journey into the heart of stuff, and brings us back again with the knowledge and optimism to change our lives and our society.” —Tim Kasser, Ph.D., professor & chair of psychology, Knox College, and author of The High Price of Materialism “Annie Leonard’s marvelous new book could not have appeared at a better time, as people across the country (and the world), and young people in particular, grapple with the interconnected issues of consumption and our environmental, social, and economic crises. I recommend The Story of Stuff to students everywhere: it’s a must-read for anyone looking to make a profound difference.” —Michael Maniates, professor of political science and environmental science at Allegheny College, co- editor of Confronting Consumption and The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice “Annie Leonard’s is the rare voice who can pose fundamental questions about our economic system without alienating or frightening her audience. With The Story of Stuff, she provides not only a comprehensive look at what’s broken, but a bridge to a whole new economic, social, and environmental

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