Praise for the Book

When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability and Surviving the Long Emergency
The must-have reference for living sustainably—and living through emergencies small and large

Praise for When Technology Fails:

"We imagine that we live in the age of information, but this engrossing book reminds us of how comparatively little we know. Most human communities used to know how to provide water and food and energy for themselves, but most of the tips in this comprehensive account will come as news to most Americans. You may never need to put them into practice (or you may need them this winter when home heating prices soar) but at the very least they illuminate the state of our comparative ignorance."

Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

"…We need a whole new way to think about how we do our economies. In the spirit of the old Whole Earth Catalogues Mat Stein does a marvelous and diverse job of helping us to think about how we might go about generating an approach to our economies that can make sense. This is a great book to have on your bookshelf as we enter the post-peak second half of the age of oil."

Professor Charles A.S. Hall, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

"Matthew Stein gives us a readable, updated wake-up call for sustainability practices in the best tradition of Paul Ehrlich, Lester Brown, and Jared Diamond."

Stephen Schneider, PhD, Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford University

"This book is an indispensable basic manual for the real-life issues that await us in the decades to come. Those who read it, and pay attention to its treasure trove of practical wisdom, will enjoy a huge advantage as the cheap oil fiesta winds down and circumstances compel us to live differently."

James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency

"Matthew Stein has done us all a tremendous favor by searching far and wide for useful knowledge. In this era of specialization, personal and social viability depend on expansive thinking. When Technology Fails is itself a powerful expression of the technology of sustainable living. It teaches more skills than I thought possible in just one book and rightly combines the immediacy of an emergency escape plan with the urgency for long-term thinking."

Mathis Wackernagel, PhD, Executive Director of the Global Footprint Network

"When the grid goes down having this book with you could be the difference between life and death."

Matt Savinar, author of Life After the Oil Crash

"Stein's excellent guide to simplifying your life, reducing your environmental impact, and pulling yourself out of a jam is sure to gather no dust on your bookshelf... This book is a personal and planetary empowerment tool."

Richard Heede, PhD, author of Homemade Money: How to Save Energy and Dollars in Your Home



"Matthew Stein has written a clear, concise book on the subject of survival that, while educating, also does what few others have managed to do--entertain and engage the reader."

John Egan, proprietor of SurvivalistBooks.com