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The Heat Will Kill You First

By Jeff Goodell
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Finalist for The Los Angles Times Book Prize in Science & Technology
Finalist for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism

Most Anticipated Book by The New York Times, The Washington PostThe Los Angeles Times 
• A Next Big Idea Book Club Selection • The New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice • NPR Favorite Books of the Year • Los Angeles Times Best Books of the Year • The Economist Best Books of the Year

Jeff Goodell's "masterful, bracing" (David Wallace-Wells) investigation exposes "through stellar reporting, artful storytelling and fascinating scientific explanations" (Naomi Klein) an explosive new understanding of heat and the impact that rising temperatures will have on our lives and on our planet. "Entertaining and thoroughly researched," (Al Gore), it will completely change the way you see the world, and despite its urgent themes, is injected with "eternal optimism" (Michael Mann) on how to combat one of the most important issues of our time.  

 “When heat comes, it’s invisible. It doesn’t bend tree branches or blow hair across your face to let you know it’s arrived…. The sun feels like the barrel of a gun pointed at you.” 
 
The world is waking up to a new reality: wildfires are now seasonal in California, the Northeast is getting less and less snow each winter, and the ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctica are melting fast.  Heat is the first order threat that drives all other impacts of the climate crisis.  And as the temperature rises, it is revealing fault lines in our governments, our politics, our economy, and our values. The basic science is not complicated: Stop burning fossil fuels tomorrow, and the global temperature will stop rising tomorrow. Stop burning fossil fuels in 50 years, and the temperature will keep rising for 50 years, making parts of our planet virtually uninhabitable.  It’s up to us.  The hotter it gets, the deeper and wider our fault lines will open.  
 
The Heat Will Kill You First is about the extreme ways in which our planet is already changing. It is about why spring is coming a few weeks earlier and fall is coming a few weeks later and the impact that will have on everything from our food supply to disease outbreaks. It is about what will happen to our lives and our communities when typical summer days in Chicago or Boston go from 90° F to 110°F. A heatwave, Goodell explains, is a predatory event— one that culls out the most vulnerable people.  But that is changing. As heatwaves become more intense and more common, they will become more democratic.  
 
As an award-winning journalist who has been at the forefront of environmental journalism for decades, Goodell’s new book may be his most provocative yet, explaining how extreme heat will dramatically change the world as we know it.  Masterfully reported, mixing the latest scientific insight with on-the-ground storytelling, Jeff Goodell tackles the big questions and uncovers how extreme heat is a force beyond anything we have reckoned with before.
 

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Anxious Face with sweat“Educating and terrifying, this book is a must-read for anybody who remotely cares about the planet. Most of the books I read are fiction, but I would put this book on a list of recommended nonfiction reads for people who typically read nonfiction—this non-fiction read tells a compelling story. After reading this book, I’ve sought out more non-fiction reads. This book is very well-researched, combining stories of individuals with facts. The personal stories carry this novel—featuring hikers, scientists, journalists, and farm workers. I especially was fascinated by Chapter 8, which discusses the impact of extreme heat on outdoor workers. Weeks later, I can still remember all of the stories described in The Heat Will Kill You First. This is not just another climate change book. It is memorable and special. It foretells the real-life impact of extreme heat, and leaves it easy to imagine how all of us—neighbors, loved ones, and strangers, will manage on a hotter planet. I listened to this book on audiobook, and I thought the narration was excellent as well. BookTok, give this book a read!”
Descriptive writingEasy to readRealistic settingHeartbreakingThought-provoking
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This book packs a punch, tying together history, science and current events to demonstrate how rising temperature are the most deadly facet of climate change. Goodell doesn’t shy away from calling out those with resources to escape the heat and telling the stories of the people society has left behind to suffer. As global warming continues, The Heat Will Kill You First is an important and accessible read.”
Easy to readFast-pacedThought-provokingRacism

About Jeff Goodell

Jeff Goodell’s latest book is The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet. He is the author of six previous books, including The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World, which was a New York Times Critics Top Book of 2017.  He has covered climate change for more than two decades at Rolling Stone and discussed climate and energy issues on NPR, MSNBC, CNN,  CNBC,  ABC, NBC, Fox News and The Oprah Winfrey Show.  He is a Senior Fellow at the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center and a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. 

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