Books by James Howard Kunstler

THE HARROWS OF SPRING by James Howard Kunstler
Released: July 5, 2016

"Having another go at concepts and themes he explored in previous books, Kunstler delivers an entertaining if not overly captivating account of an American society reinventing itself in the wake of a terrorist attack."
This fourth and final installment of Kunstler's speculative World Made by Hand series envisions a post-apocalyptic America struggling to put itself back together through a fractious convergence of political, ideological, and religious forces. Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2012

"A sharp demand to disenthrall ourselves, to instead face the future with 'practical skill and something like common sense.'"
With the era of cheap energy and easy credit now over, novelist and social critic Kunstler (The Witch of Hebron, 2010, etc.) delivers a cold slap to the fantasists who believe technology will save us. Read full book review >
THE WITCH OF HEBRON by James Howard Kunstler
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A novel whose premise and stodgy storytelling may appeal more to young readers than adults."
Doomsday survivors in upstate New York cope with a collapsed civilization in Kunstler's sequel to A World Made By Hand (2008). Read full book review >
WORLD MADE BY HAND by James Howard Kunstler
Released: March 1, 2008

"It's hard to imagine that a post-apocalyptic world could be this tedious."
Kunstler's latest novel fictionalizes some of the material covered in his nonfiction work The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century (2005), which examined how a decline in oil production could have cataclysmic repercussions on modern industrial culture. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2005

"Cant-filled and overwrought: a crying-wolf approach to real but largely addressable issues, long on jeremiads but absent of remedies."
Move over, Malthus. According to suburbia-hater Kunstler (Home from Nowhere, 1996, etc.), the world's going to hell in a handbasket—and in about 15 minutes, too. Read full book review >
MAGGIE DARLING by James Howard Kunstler
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Frenetic satire with its moments—while the mannered style grates."
As if Martha Stewart didn't have problems enough. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"A salutary treatise for architects, mayors, and laypeople."
A connoisseur's romp through cities good and bad, all judged by the author. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

A somewhat disjointed but still thought-provoking examination of the ways in which American cities and towns make us bad citizens. Read full book review >
Released: June 10, 1993

"An informative and well-integrated polemic."
It's no news that many Americans live in a spread-out, privatized suburban wasteland without community or centers; that much landscape has given way to ugly sprawl; that this condition may be due to systematic policies on the part of government and industrial forces; and that the automobile is the engine that has driven us there. Read full book review >