'Rupert Read and Samuel Alexander take us deep inside the debates, tactics, and passion that have bound Extinction Rebellion together from its founding days, bringing us radical reflections from the frontlines of rebellion. If you want to understand the movement that is finally waking us up, read this book.'
- Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
'Invaluable reflections and next-step ideas right from the heart of arguably the most inspiring and important movement of the twenty first century'.
- Mike Berners-Lee, author of There is no planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years
'Everyone should read this book. It is short, and impassioned, but full of important information: above all an honest and practical plea for us to seize the moment for change urgently. It is inspirational. Please, for all our sakes, read it, and take its timely words to heart.'
- Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
'The ecological emergency is the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced, and Extinction Rebellion may be our last best chance to address it. Read this inside story of the most important social movement of our time.'
- David Loy, author of Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis
'From the eruption of XR in our lives in late 2018, Rupert Read has been closely involved in the organisation as an advisor, influencer, spokesperson and occasional critic. These fascinating essays read like dispatches from the front line, crackling with urgency, tempered by timely reflections, and reminding us of the scale of the challenge ahead as we rebuild our shattered, post-coronavirus economies.'
- Jonathon Porritt, former Director of the UK Sustainable Development Commission and of Friends of the Earth
'Activist-philosopher Rupert Read, a key thinker of Extinction Rebellion, has collected a treasure trove of foundational essays, documenting the transformational XR UK experience, that will be immensely valuable for activists around the world trying to replicate that achievement. The book is incisive, pertinent, self-critical, well-written, and, in the XR way, occasionally cheeky. Anyone concerned with combating the broader wave of ecological collapse - that led to the pandemic and that is rising behind it - should read Read.'
- Ken Ward, protagonist in the documentary The Reluctant Radical
'Most of us like to watch movies about people saving the world but too rarely do we even try to do it ourselves. Despite the situation so obviously calling for it! This is a book about what might well turn out to be the most important social movement in history.'
- David Graeber, author of The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement