Originally published in 1962, Our Synthetic Environment is a pioneering work that shows how the rise of chemicals and other toxins in our environment has led to numerous health consequences. Written by Murray Bookchin, one of the leading radical thinkers and environmentalists of the twentieth century, this book provides a devastating ecological portrait of how our food, soil, air and the way we life has negatively impacted our health, giving rise to diseases such as cancer. Many of the changes Bookchin describes in this book are even more pronounced today. An excellent companion to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, this new edition of Our Synthetic Environment features an introduction by Bill McKibben.
Murray Bookchin (1921–2006) was a leading voice in the ecology, anarchist, and communalist movements for more than fifty years. His groundbreaking essay “Ecology and Revolutionary Thought” (1964) was one of the first to assert that capitalism’s grow-or-die ethos was on a dangerous collision course with the natural world that would include the devastation of the planet by global warming. Bookchin is the author of The Ecology of Freedom, among two dozen other books. He was born in New York, NY.
Dan Chodorkoff is a writer and educator who cofounded The Institute for Social Ecology with Murray Bookchin. He received his PhD in cultural anthropology from the New School for Social Research, and he is the author of numerous books, including The Anthropology of Utopia: Essays on Social Ecology and Community Development and the 2022 novel Sugaring Down. He received a Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant for anthropological research, and in 2015 was awarded the Goddard College Presidential Award for Activism.