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Alumnus Donald Worster Recently Published New Book

"Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance"


Worster’s latest book, published by Oxford University Press, provides an accessible historical account of scarcity and abundance in America, and takes a global perspective on the interactions between nature and cultures surrounding consumption. Using both real experiences and current examples, he demonstrates and makes tangible big ideas about human ambition and failure, growth and limitation. Along with an insightful explanation of the conditions that have led us to where we are today—in a shrinking world—he also offers a hopeful way forward.