Forthcoming Book

Darrin Qualman in Shakespeare and Company bookstore, Paris

If we do not understand how our 21st century civilization works, we can neither direct it, nor protect it.

In 2018, look for Darrin’s forthcoming book on civilizations, energy, food, and material flows. ┬áThe book will give readers a below-decks look at the engines, fuel supplies, plumbing, wiring, and machinery that make and move our modern world. It will also look at the environmental threats now intensifying around us.

Darrin’s book will look at the big picture and the long term. It will tackle the big questions and big ideas of history and the modern world: how food systems work, the spread of railways, the rise of industry, the dawn of the consumer age, the transformative effects of the steam engine, and how we wrest fuels from the Earth.

Our global mega-civilization is powerful, productive, destructive, wondrous, sometimes monstrous. We must understand it if we hope to direct it.