MANCHESTER - 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. The event starts 7 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Environmental advisor to Presidents Carter and Clinton, founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council and World Resources Institute, administrator of the U. N. Development Program, dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, now a professor at Vermont Law School, and distinguished senior fellow at Demos. Time magazine has called him the "ultimate insider." And yet this elder environmental statesman, author of the acclaimed books "Red Sky at Morning," has grown ever more convinced that our politics and our economy are so corrupted, and the environmental movement so inadequate, that we can no longer hope to address the climate crisis, or our deep social ills, by working strictly within the system. The only remaining option, he argues in his forceful new book, America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy is to change the system itself. And that, he believes, will require a real struggle for the direction and soul of the country.

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