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Book Review: World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler June 23, 2009

Posted by Andreas in Book Reviews.

Another one of my short book reviews. Been too “busy” with other “stuff” for more substantial blogs lately…

In this novel James Howard Kunstler explores life in a post-industrial, post-oil United States.


The age of the motorised machine has ended, society and most of its institutions has collapsed, national and state governments are defunct and transport is mostly by foot or horsepower. Life has become very localised and much of it is controlled by violent thugs and religious cults. While Kunstler’s conception of a post peak oil future is certainly not utopian, this is not an entirely dystopian tale either. I found his storytelling a little stereotyped at times, but would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in peak oil and what our world might look like thereafter.


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