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This book goes further than any of the other titles considered here, both in terms of the deep societal ills it examines and the radical solutions it proposes. It is not just peak oil, but peak America Murphy takes as his subject. His plan is based on "curtailment"-we must not only make drastic cuts in our use of fossil fuels, but also cut our rates of consumption: buy less, use less, want less, waste less; watch less television, eat better foods, give up driving private cars, and become, in short, "a nation with new values." Murphy's work is perhaps easy to dismiss-i.e., fringe, hairshirted-but if, as the best scientific evidence suggests, the world is already in a dangerous state of overshoot, then its message may not be that far out after all. Murphy is the executive director of The Communty Solution and coproducer of the documentary The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.