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Paperback – 320 pages 6 Inches × 6 Inches (w × h) Weight: 261 Grams BISAC: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General Publisher: New Society Publishers ISBN: 9780865716933 Pub. Date: 2011-11-15

The KunstlerCast

Conversations with James Howard Kunstler

…the tragic comedy of suburban sprawl

by Duncan Crary

SOMETIMES CAUSTIC, often controversial and always provocative, James Howard Kunstler is one of America’s most outrageous commentators on the collapse of the American dream. Whether sitting in the studio, strolling city streets, visiting a suburban mall or even “Happy Motoring,” his grim predictions are leavened by his signature sharp wit and cheerfully pessimistic humor.

The KunstlerCast (based on the popular weekly podcast of the same name) revisits and updates the major ideas contained in Kunstler’s conversations with author Duncan Crary, including:

  • The need to rethink current sources of transportation and energy
  • The failure of urban planning, architecture and industrial society
  • America’s plastic, dysfunctional culture
  • The reality of peak oil.

While readers may or may not agree with some of the more dystopian of Kunstler’s visions, The KunstlerCast presents an essentially positive message and is bound to inspire a great deal of thought, laughter, discussion and, hopefully, action.

DUNCAN CRARY is a journalist, editor, and the host and producer of The KunstlerCast, a popular weekly podcast featuring James Howard Kunstler (author of The Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency and World Made By Hand).


If books were made out of Cheez Doodles (the favorite party snack of KunstlerCast fans) this is what they would look like: bright orange, bite size, and sure to leave a tasty residue on all who touch it.

Advance Praise for The KunstlerCast book

“James Howard Kunstler plainly has a lot to say about the state of the world. And while much of it is bad, bad news — aggressively, congenitally, perhaps even fatally bad — he speaks with such vim and vigor that you find yourself nodding in agreement rather than looking for a noose. Duncan Crary wrangles these free-wheeling conversations masterfully. A bracing dose of reality for an unreal world.”

STEPHEN J. DUBNER, co-author of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics

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