What We Leave Behind

What We Leave Behind

Derrick Jensen Aric McBay / Feb 23, 2020

What We Leave Behind This compelling book has a refreshing style at once very personal and very passionate Library Journal Jensen and McBay s message that we need to grow up and put away the childish notion that we have

  • Title: What We Leave Behind
  • Author: Derrick Jensen Aric McBay
  • ISBN: 9781583228678
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback
  • This compelling book has a refreshing style, at once very personal and very passionate Library Journal Jensen and McBay s message that we need to grow up and put away the childish notion that we have the right to take whatever we want from nonhumans is eminently reasonable Publishers Weekly Derrick Jensen is a rare and original voice of sanity in a chaotic world This compelling book has a refreshing style, at once very personal and very passionate Library Journal Jensen and McBay s message that we need to grow up and put away the childish notion that we have the right to take whatever we want from nonhumans is eminently reasonable Publishers Weekly Derrick Jensen is a rare and original voice of sanity in a chaotic world He has wisdom and wit, grace and style, and is a wonderful guide to a good life beautifully lived Howard Zinn This is a fierce book Its basic premise that we re in worse trouble than we understand, and that a little change around the edges won t help is precisely the message that needs to get out Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future and The End of Nature What We Leave Behind is the kind of direct, unflinching, personal writing that you d expect from a memoir about a harrowing childhood, not one about the state of the planet, or what happens to wasteThis is a book about choosing sides our destructive, compartmentalized culture of the future of planet Earth E Magazine The text moves frequently from personal narrative to hard, scientific fact to disturbing news accounts about the ongoing, wanton destruction of our planet by corporate interestsWhat We Leave Behind is not light reading But a reader willing to stay on this circuitous journey to the end will be rewarded Foreword Magazine What We Leave Behind is a piercing, impassioned guide to living a truly responsible life on earth Human waste, once considered a gift to the soil, has become toxic material that has broken the essential cycle of decay and regeneration Here, award winning writer Derrick Jensen and activist Aric McBay weave historical analysis and devastatingly beautiful prose to remind us that life human and nonhuman will not go on unless we do everything we can to facilitat

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      • Derrick Jensen Aric McBay

        Derrick Jensen is an American author and environmental activist living in Crescent City, California He has published several books questioning and critiquing contemporary society and its values, including A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, and Endgame He holds a B.S in Mineral Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University He has also taught creative writing at Pelican Bay State Prison and Eastern Washington University.


    1. “Industrial civilization is incompatible with life. It is systematically destroying life on this planet, undercutting its very basis. This culture is, to put it bluntly, murdering the earth. Unless it’s stopped- whether we intentionally stop it or the natural world does, through ecological collapse or other means- it will kill every living being. We need to stop it.” From the first paragraph of the preface through four hundred trenchant pages of well-reasoned and well-researched polemic, W [...]

    2. I don't think I agree with Howard Zinn that this book is a "guide" to any kind of living. For me, it presents two main problems:1. I could give it all up and go live in the forest in order to avoid buying and using plastic (and other harmful practices). However, I'm one of seven billion people. It wouldn't even help much. So I can stay here and agonize over my choice between "relatively" local bananas that are probably full of plastic and arsenic and hormones and antibiotics and radioactive mine [...]

    3. If you've read any Derrick Jensen before--or are paying attention at all to the real world--you know that we're fucked. Humanity is doomed and the only question is how much of the earth and how many species we are going to take with us when we go down.The authors come at the inevitable through looking at our culture's waste products. Definitions, plastic, philosophies, examples--there is everything and more in here. The chapter on plastics is fucking horrifying. It's not all terrifying, as both [...]

    4. This is one of those paradigm-shifting books. I picked it up thinking I was doing everything I could, living "green" and being aware. But no, I'm a total corporate tool in ways I never dreamed possible. This is a thoroughly depressing book that opened my eyes to the magnitude of the problems with human trash. I thought I knew how bad things were, but I was laboring under any number of misapprehensions including the one which says "it can be fixed". I would write a longer review, but I have to go [...]

    5. This book started bad and got worse. It advertized itself as a book on sustainability, which it mostly is, but with a whole bunch of annoying digressions and super annoying commentary from the authors. Unfortunately I found this book so off-putting, I didn't finish it!This is how the first 100-ish pages went, before I stopped: It started off with one of the authors talking about how he poops in the woods by his house (I gathered that he owns the land) and that should be ok because it's natural.T [...]

    6. another no stars reviewis came out in 2009, and it's the first DJ (here writing with McBay) i have read for a few years, ever since he co-founded DGR (Deep Green Resistance) with Lierre Keith and Aric McBay, proposing a hierarchical armed struggle support cult with himself at the head, in near-complete control of principles of the organization and conduct of the membership, and subsequently (along with Keith) outed himself as basically an anti-trans bigot, refusing to let go of some of the most [...]

    7. Edit 12/28/2009:I originally gave this book 5 stars with the review below, but after thinking about this book and reading some great reviews online, I feel that I must revise my star rating to be more accurate. I think Derrick Jensen likes to go for the jugular, going for a radical, blow up all of the dams approach to get people thinking, but ultimately this style of writing does more to depress than inspire. I also hate how he blames women for taking birth control pills (because we're destroyin [...]

    8. Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay are honest and unrelenting as they take us down the suicidal road modern civilization is taking us all, or that we are taking it, more accurately. This is not only a book of inconvenient truths but also one that calls the reader to revolutionary action. The authors don't mince words, and often lean on the the wilder (and perhaps more disturbing) edge of anarchy as a means for change. Their angst and anger is well supported, though, even if I don't necessarily agree [...]

    9. Dark, and heartbreaking, but also necessary. Jensen identifies many of the fears that I have for our planet, but so often his expectations for what must be done seem either fanciful (e.g feeding 8 billion humans without some some form of industrial agriculture), or outright mean-spirited towards his own species. He did not manage to make a case for a greater care for the biosphere, which recognises human's part of it, but also our unique role within it, but his indictment and full-throated attac [...]

    10. A bit militant, but good at changing the way we view climate change, and that status quo activism is probably not enough

    11. This Book will tell you yours and your progenies future. And it’s not roses and sandalwood.And you need to read it.Now.

    12. A book which can depress, overwhelm, anger and ultimately educate and awaken, in short it serves many purposes and if you're prepared to be open-minded and to think deeply, then the message is clear.

    13. The ongoing problems of pollution, pacifism, and pillaging resources remains systemic of our country's cultural identity. Egos of the present consumers continue to redirect or obliviously deny our rooted narcissistic dilemma thwarting an eminent revolution as, not unlike Rome, the current social construct must collapse in order for culture to more adequately define a truly sustainable relationship with our host land, the Earth. Regardless of whether one considers themselves an activist, a magica [...]

    14. There is a lot of repetition in the most recent Derrick Jensen Books, and in his earlier ones too if I stop and think about it. Although by know he has settled on his mature ideology. You will either accept it, or hate it. If you hate it, then you should know that this book does not change from Jensen's work in Endgame, or The Culture of Make Believe or any of his other well known works. The book starts with an interesting examination of decay and how it leads to life unless civilization gets in [...]

    15. I'm tapping out at the Magical Thinking chapterobably just going to flip through the rest. This is more of a forum for Jensen and Co. to rant about how everything is wrong, and to swear a lot while doing so. I appreciate what they're saying about the size of the problem. Although, they cite "industrial capitalism" as the problem, but I'm drawn more to the Ishmael view that the problem stems back to whenever some tribe broke away from the Laws of Nature and decided that they could exploit other p [...]

    16. If you can finish this book, you will not be rewarded with platitudes about how changing your light bulbs to save energy, or driving a hybrid car, or composting, or any of those types of things will help slow the massive waste the we leave behind (you won't be discouraged from doing these things either). You will, however, be rewarded with a coherent message about a "culture of resistance" and how resistance movements rely on that culture. You will be rewarded with the message that living things [...]

    17. This is actually the first book of Jensen's I picked up in a bookstore a couple years ago, and upon flipping through it, my eyes came to rest on the sentence, 'Recently, I started shitting outside." I'm not sure that I actually laughed out loud, but I was amused by what seemed at the time a sort of self-satisfied sense of eco-superiority. I went on to read four of Jensen's other books before finally reading this one. It's a good book, the first third being a fascinating history and analysis of g [...]

    18. People say this is an extremely negative book. I love this book. It came to me when I was drowning. So many things were bothering me. I had so many questions. Why did no one acknowledge how fucked up our society is? That we're killing off the planet? That there's so much greed and hate? Until I started reading Jensen. Yeah, this is a negative book. But it's a truthful book, which is rare to find.Yet I don't remember if I finished reading it or not. See, Jensen is a very good writer but he tends [...]

    19. You won't be happy after reading this book, but you will have a deeper understanding what we've done to planet Earth. "'s clear to intelligent people, and painful to sensitive people, that we're in a lot of trouble and our efforts to deal with that have so far been pretty ineffective," writes Derrick Jensen. Industrial civilization, says Jensen, is destroying our planet. "What we leave behind" is waste. In nature, one creature's waste feeds another, and has for thousands of years. Yet our waste, [...]

    20. This is an important book. Not everyone will like what Jensen has to say, that industrial civilization needs to end if we are going to survive as a species and for other species to survive as well. The focus of his argument is waste and how industrial society is lethal in terms of the waste it produces. It is not enough, argues Jensen, for us to recycle, use canvas bags at the grocery and exchange our light bulbs for more energy efficient ones. While important, it is like taking a pebble from Mt [...]

    21. Very good, but I disliked the author's pervasive anger. Of course, such an emotion is justified. I was also very dissatisfied by Jensen's illogical conclusion: we should risk our selves to become anarchists even though he says the stakes are utterly stacked against us. Individuals are programmed to first act out of self-interest. Others have already commented on Jensen's 'anarchy' through bookwriting.Otherwise, a great overview for those unfamiliar with plastics, ocean and water resources, and p [...]

    22. --yes compelling and depressing. Fascinating book that traces and frames decay, biologically and historically--and then moves into the inevitable future. --After reading PLANET OF THE SLUMS/Davis--the chapter on human waste in the slums was horrifying. This book explores natural waste and the decay cycle --ever thought about why cow pies wouldn't be found in the desert? (they'd become kind of like fossilized asphalt--animals evolved for the desert tend to have more pellet like dung. But moves in [...]

    23. This book was exceptional. It contains within it an unflinching analysis of a difficult to accept body of knowledge - the knowledge of the consequences our industrial way of living has on the natural world. In short, industrialization is killing the planet. Read What We Leave Behind by Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay to find out how and why, and whether there is anything which can be done to stop it.

    24. This is rather like a handbook in that it successfully screams within each of its chapters, what we SHOULD undertake to salvage our Earth. At both times frightening and compelling, and yes, painful, "What We Leave Behind" sets out to describe the science of decay, what we have done to this Earth as a modern, industrialized society and what we can do in an attempt to reverse the destructive course we are well underway. PLEASE READ AND RECOMMEND.

    25. I have very mixed emotions about Jensen. His tone can be angry and proud, to the point of sounding pretentious and haughty, but he really cares. It can be unfair and repetitive at times, but as a whole, he shows that we need to act fast to save the planet and ourselves, and that this is impossible with little lifestyle changes. What needs to change is our view of the world and how we relate to the natural world vs how we relate to the industrial world.

    26. This book started out very strong, but for me became difficult to read about 100 pages in. There's a ton of important and interesting information tucked in this book, but ultimately the writing style just didn't appeal to me and I really struggled to get through it. I am fully on board with many of the author's views, but I think the book could have been about half as long and gotten the point across just as well, if not better.

    27. I absolutely hated this book. I had to read it for my environmental writing class. It was so boring. First, it talked about pooping in the woods, and then the decomposition of plastics and then technology and the end of civilization. I couldn't pay attention to it for the life of me; it was so boring.

    28. Though this book is depressing, read it if you want to see what our culture is doing to this planet. We act as if "our" culture is the only "right" way, but our way is causing the rest of the life on the world we share to suffer. I haven't yet reached the part of the book where the author offers any ways in which we can make any difference and bring change, but I'm hoping he will offer something.

    29. That globalization and the market economy is killing the environment for human life and the majority of species on this planet. We don't save the planet, the planet is saving us unless we are foolish enough to poison ourselves for short term greed.I don't see any nearby planets to hop to, so we better take care of this one.

    30. A- This excellent book looks at what we'll ultimately leave behind - styrofoam cups, plastic, poop, everything. It is a brilliant book that every human being should read in order that they might under the impact they are having on the world.

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