The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration

S. & S. Audio. Feb. 2023. 10:26 hrs. ISBN 9781797153827. $23.99. SOC SCI
Journalist Bittle humanizes the plight of domestic climate migrants in this audio treatment of his portentous and urgent debut. In a series of location-focused chapters, Bittle weaves the gripping personal stories of those displaced by disaster with sparkling descriptions of the sometimes abstruse local and national policies that often lead to perverse outcomes. His rigorous reporting gives voice to a fruit grower displaced in the hurricane-ravaged Florida Keys, the angry citizens of an entire town bought out because of flood risk, and disheartened renters priced out by the destruction of Northern California wildfires. Bittle’s choice to let the stories of these victims drive his narrative makes this a compelling listen, and narrator Matt Godfrey’s reedy rasp is well suited to the serious subject. Subchapters and brisk pacing will make this a popular choice for listening on the go.
VERDICT The audience for Bittle’s important book goes well beyond policy wonks or climate activists, and this gripping audio is the perfect way to enjoy this notable book. Recommend to readers of Dahr Jamail’s The End of Ice or Elizabeth A. Rush’s Rising.
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