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We’re Doomed. Now What?

We're Doomed. Now What? by Roy Scranton
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Jul 17, 2018 | 360 Pages
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Praise for We’re Doomed. Now What?

“[Scranton] writes clearly and convincingly about the emotional, existential challenges that attracted him to war, and how he was changed by the time he returned home.”
—The New York Times

“Readers brave enough to pick it [We’re Doomed. Now What?] up will discover the direct and unvarnished commentary it promises . . . Based on its title, some readers might expect We’re Doomed to function as an unremitting rant against the people and agencies actively destroying the environment. But Scranton is a more subtle and versatile writer than that. While he has many disturbing factoids about climate change at his fingertips—and deploys them with precision and accuracy—the essays benefit from the author’s tendency toward self-deprecation.”
Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club

“Roy Scranton is one of the most gifted writers of his generation.”
—Amitav Ghosh, author of The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable

“Roy Scranton is our Jeremiah of the anthropocene and a brutally honest chronicler of American violence in all its forms. His message is as urgent as it is discomfiting. Hear him.”
—Andrew J. Bacevich, author of America’s War for the Greater East: A Military History

“These are thoughtful, powerful essays from the extremes of geography and experience. Not easy reading, but electric and worthwhile.”
Mark Greif, author of Against Everything and The Age of the Crisis of Man

“Taken together, these essays—dark, often beautiful, frequently scholarly, always gripping—seek to accurately describe things we might prefer not be described. The work is difficult, noble in intention, and brilliant in execution.”
—The Gazette

 
“Scranton skillfully integrates literature and philosophy into his own thoughts, creating multilayered writings that beg to be read slowly and carefully by a reader willing to pay attention for a steady length of time. Eye-opening and honest, these essays are like receiving a terminal diagnosis from a specialist while still leaving a margin of hope on the sides.”
—Shelf Awareness


“A realistic, if depressing, look at the modern world and how readers can survive the new environment humans have created.”
Library Journal

​”Scranton’s warnings must be heeded.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Roy Scranton is a gifted, intrepid writer, and these essays are mesmerizing despite their dire themes (climate change, war, violence). We’re Doomed. Now What? is an elegiac book that grieves as it presses forward.”
—Powell’s Books, Staff Pick
 
Praise for Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

“Roy Scranton draws on his experiences in Iraq to confront the grim realities of climate change. The result is a fierce and provocative book.”
—Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
 
“Roy Scranton lucidly articulates the depth of the climate crisis with an honesty that is all too rare, then calls for a reimagined humanism that will help us meet our stormy future with as much decency as we can muster . . . This is a wise and important challenge from an elegant writer and original thinker.”
—Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Praise for War Porn

“One of the best and most disturbing war novels in years.” 
—The Wall Street Journal 

“A view of the American military unlike anything else written about Iraq or Afghanistan . . . A guided meditation on Iraq certain to force long overdue introspection on how we think about the war, those who fought it and the Americans and Iraqis it affected.” 
—New Republic  
 
“Forceful and unsettling.”  
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times 

“Searingly honest . . . This examination of the tragedy of what happened in Iraq reaches out to touch of all us. A brilliant literary achievement.”
—Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy

Table Of Contents

Contents
 
I. Climate & Change
 We’re Doomed. Now What?
 Arctic Ghosts
 Anthropocene City
 Rock Scissors Paper
 Climate Change and the Dharma of Failure
 The Precipice

II. War & Memory
War and the City
Memories of My Green Machine
Back to Baghdad
The Fantasy of American Violence

III. Violence & Communion
The Terror of the New
The Trauma Hero
The Idea of Order I Can’t Breathe
War of Choice
My Flesh and Blood

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