In this third volume of his award-winning American Crisis series, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and most ambitious contribution yet. He looks unsparingly at the sea of troubles in which the United States now finds itself, charts a course through the discouragement and despair commonly felt today, and envisions what he calls America the Possible, an attractive and plausible future that we can still realize.
America the Possible is book about the American future and the strong possibility that we yet have it in ourselves to use our freedom and our democracy in powerful ways to create something fine, a reborn America, for our children and grandchildren. Scroll down for a conversation with the author.
James Gustave Speth is Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and Professor of Law at Vermont Law School. Until his retirement in 2010, he was Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor in the Practice of Environmental Policy at Yale. He served as Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 1999 to 2009. From 1993 to 1999, he was Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group. Before that, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute, professor of law at Georgetown University, chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality, and senior attorney and cofounder of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is the author of Red Sky at Morning (YUP, 2004) and The Bridge at the Edge of the World (YUP, 2008). (MDGentleReader)