Bird On Fire

Oxford University Press announces the publication of

BIRD ON FIRE: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City


“Bird on Fire is a triumph. The future and sustainability of Phoenix are not local questions, but ones of national and global importance. Andrew Ross examines them with a keen radar for the interplay of power, class, greed, prejudice and the mythology of both the American West and the great Sunbelt migration. In the process, he has also given us the finest history we have yet of modern Phoenix, a massive metropolis whose consequence is cloaked by its reputation for sun, golf and right-wing politics. This is a must-read.”

—Jon Talton, author of South Phoenix Rules and former columnist for The Arizona Republic

“If Phoenix could be greened, any place on earth could do it. And as this book makes clear, democracy and social justice will be every bit as key as solar panels. Fascinating!”

—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

“Books by Andrew Ross are always exhilarating adventures at the cutting edge of social thought, but Bird on Fire is particularly fascinating. Rather than recounting the green virtues of some demi-paradise like Vermont or San Francisco, he descends directly into the ecological and economic hell fires of Phoenix.  The result is a landmark study of the micropolitics of the struggle for urban sustainability where the stakes are the highest.”

—Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz

“Bird on Fire is a stunning report from the front lines. Ross vividly shows how and why our big cities are one of the top places where the fight to contain climate change will either be won or lost.”

—James Gustave Speth, author of The Bridge at the Edge of the World and co-founder of the National Resources Defense Council

“This is a superb and important book. With a sweeping command of the subject, Andrew Ross reads from the entrails of Phoenix a story with hopeful insights for all of humane civilization. His graceful prose and political clarity make Bird on Fire not only useful but also very compelling and pleasurable to read.”

—Christian Parenti, author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence


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