368 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.8 in
September 4, 2012
Random House of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307359239
ISBN - 13: 9780307359230
Read from the Book
THE PRECIPICE & THE FALL OF 2008 On Monday morning, September 15, 2008, Wall Street traders awoke to the startling news of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, one of New York’s oldest and most respected investment firms. Merrill Lynch had avoided the same fate only by selling itself off to Bank of America at a deep discount the night before. More than $20 billion in investment capital vanished from Morgan Stanley’s books over the ensuing forty-eight hours of financial chaos, forcing that venerable firm to issue a warning on Wednesday that it might well run right out of cash before the weekend. General Electric, meanwhile, worried publicly that it was in danger of having to cease operations for lack of credit to pay its employees and its bills, and insurance giant AIG’s midweek plummet toward insolvency was slowed only after the Federal Reserve strung out a multibillion-dollar safety net beneath it. US Treasury notes were soon trading at less than 1 percent interest—a guaranteed investment in the future of the world’s largest economy valued essentially the same as cash, an alarmingly clear sign of the wholesale flight of confidence from the American financial system. Money began to flee from mighty Goldman Sachs the next day, at which point the US government intervened directly with its unprecedented $700-billion bailout. (All figures here and throughout the book are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.) Still, it was only the Sunday night intervention by a Japanese bank that
From the Publisher
The most vital project of the twenty-first century is a shift from our unsustainable way of life to a sustainable one--a great lateral leap from a track headed for economic and ecological disaster to one bound for renewed prosperity. In The Leap, Chris Turner presents a field guide to making that jump, drawing on recent breakthroughs in state-of-the-art renewable energy, cleantech and urban design. From the solar towers of sunny Spain to the bike paths and pedestrianized avenues of the world's most livable city--Copenhagen, Denmark--to the nascent "green-collar" economies rejuvenating the former East Germany and the American Rust Belt, he paints a vivid portrait of a new, sustainable world order already up and running.
In his 2007 book, The Geography of Hope, Chris Turner wrote about an emerging world of cleantech possibility. In The Leap, he looks beyond hope to uncover the winners and losers of the future we can no longer deny.
About the Author
CHRIS TURNER is one of Canada's leading writers on sustainability and the global cleantech industry. His previous book, The Geography of Hope, was a national bestseller and nominated for the National Business Book Award and the Governor General's Literary Award. His reporting appears regularly in the Walrus, the Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic, and has earned him seven Canadian National Magazine Awards, including the 2001 President's Medal for General Excellence. The author lives in Calgary, AB.
"Energetic, hopeful and darn right optimistic.... This book should be on the nightstands of anyone who fancies himself or herself a friend of the earth." Unlimited Magazine
"Inspiring.... After reading Turner's book, and seeing, through his sharp storyteller's prose how various innovations have already worked elsewhere in the world, the naysayers seem like flat-earthers." The Grid (Toronto)
"The Leap is a terrific book, and it filled me with excitement and hope for the future.... Read it--and leap!" John Vaillant, award-winning author of The Golden Spruce and The Tiger