This website is only part of the whole book, so there are a lot of sources that went into it in addition to those directly cited in the posted text and endnotes. A full bibliography will have to wait for a full book, but in the interim I would like to call attention to the following titles. Each of them went a long way towards informing not only specific passages of my account, but also my overall conception of global warming and the climate.
Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security by Todd Miller – The degree to which permanent militarization and authoritarianism go hand-in-hand with climate inaction is not yet widely understood by the American press or political establishment. That is a very scary thing.
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush – This is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read on any topic. It conveys what it means to lose land to the sea far more eloquently than a map or survey or picture of a shattered beach house.
Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture by Juliet B. Schor – We should probably ban marketing to children. On a practical level it would save a lot of energy, money, and pollution. On a moral and human level, it would be even better.
Segregation By Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities by Jessica Trounstine – Genuine American racial integration, the long deterred crown jewel of the Civil Rights Movement, takes on an extra dimension of urgency and justice when placed in the context of climate. Crudely put, white flight has an enormous carbon footprint in addition to all the other awful things it has caused.
Finally, there’s Nuclear War: What’s In It For You? by a nonproliferation group called Ground Zero. Published in 1982 at one of the tensest periods of the Cold War, I read it many years later when I was in high school. Its treatment of the bomb and the potential for human extinction with factual accuracy and dark comedy stuck with me through the years until it became the titular and spiritual inspiration for my book. As you can see below, my copy has seen some use over the years, but I always held onto it. If the people of the 1980s can survive – and they were pretty stupid, just look at their clothes – then maybe we can to.