Reviews of Commanding Hope

“Homer-Dixon’s hope is not optimism, but rather the kind of hope brought to mind by his book’s arresting title, one that must be ordered up from within us—with no regard to how despairing we are, and long before we have tangible reasons for optimism—and then set to rule our actions.”
MacLean's | Read full review

“Hope without action will just contribute to a hopeless ending, but commanding hope can turn any one of us into the next hero.”
—Douglas T. Kenrick, Psychology Today | Read full review

“It is a rare thing to hold a book in your hands and think, ‘This could be a game changer.’ I had that experience at several ‘Aha!’ moments while reading Commanding Hope.” —Elizabeth May, MP for Gulf Saanich-Islands, Former leader of the Green Party of Canada | Read full review

“The hope Homer-Dixon is promoting has a dual nature. It arises from an internal summons and emerges as a call to action. This kind of hope isn’t naïve; it’s transformational.”
Literary Review of Canada | Read full review

“Brilliantly structured and utterly absorbing from beginning to end, Commanding Hope addresses with honesty and courage the dangers we face and offers us practical ways to prepare for the hard work ahead.”
Quill and Quire | Read full review

Recent Media Coverage

Interview with Tom Rand (32:34)
MaRS Impact Week, December 14, 2020

Interview with Douglas Kenrick (52:21)
ASU Department of Psychology, December 8, 2020

Appel Salon (61:00)
Toronto Public Library, September 21, 2020

Interview with Barbara Bell (52:04)
Kingston WritersFest, October 14, 2020

Interview with John Geddes (42:45)
Ottawa Writers Festival, September 24, 2020

Author book talk and reading (49:29)
Royal Roads University, Changemaker Speakers Series, September 16, 2020

Author Interview (55:00)
WordFest Calgary, September 10, 2020

Interview about Hope (4:36)
CTV Calgary, September 10, 2020

How do we restore hope in humankind’s future? (4:52)
CTV Your Morning, September 3, 2020

Interview on Morning Live (4:35)
CHCH TV, September 2, 2020

Interview with Terrence McNally (59:31)
Free Forum, January 1, 2021

Interview with Ideas host Nahlah Ayed (53:59)
CBC Radio, November 26, 2020

Interview with Alan Neal (18:17)
CBC Radio, September 27, 2020

Interview with CanadaTalks (32:58)
SiriusXM 167, September 2, 2020

The Three Biggest Obstacles to Saving the Planet
Psychology Today, December 12, 2020

3 Reasons to Hope for the Future
Psychology Today, December 9, 2020

What Is Hope and Is There Any?
Psychology Today, December 4, 2020

International Praise for Thomas Homer-Dixon

“One of the best-informed and most brilliant writers on global affairs today.”
The Guardian

“For over a decade, Thomas Homer-Dixon has provided that rare thing: a bridge between leading-edge research and the lay reader. Now, addressing the greatest problems of our time, he points us towards a path forward….” —Robert Kaplan, Atlantic Monthly; senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, author of Imperial Grunts, Balkan Ghosts and The Ends of the Earth

“[Homer-Dixon] is at the forefront of a . . . school of political thought that believes the environment and human conflict are often linked in a vicious and violent circle”
The Globe and Mail

“Thomas Homer-Dixon is a sort of Bruce Chatwin of ideas. Reading the meditations that his travels around the world prompt in him is addictive.”
National Post

The Upside of Down:
Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization

#1 National Bestseller /Canada; A Financial Times Best Book on Politics & Religion

“A splendid and necessary book, full of fascinating historical detail and profound reflections on the future.” —George Monbiot

“A major corrective for a culture that has struggled to form a comprehensive appreciation of the trouble we face. Climate change, global oil depletion, explosive geopolitics all threaten to overwhelm our ability to think clearly and act competently. Anyone who wants to get serious about the defense of civilization had better read The Upside of Down.” —James Howard Kunstler, The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the 21st Century

“Anyone who doubts the seriousness of the human predicament should read [the] brilliant The Upside of Down. Anyone who understands the seriousness should also read it for [his] insightful ideas about how to make society more resilient in the face of near-inevitable environmental and social catastrophes.” —Paul R. Ehrlich, President of the Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University, author of The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment

“A wake-up call for millions feeling overwhelmed by an unrelieved diet of disaster.”
New Scientist

The Ingenuity Gap:
Can We Solve the Problems of the Future?

#1 National Bestseller; Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award

“This remarkable work, based on an impressive amount of scholarship, travel, and interviews, is the most persuasive forecast of the twenty-first century I have seen. Homer-Dixon looks beyond the miracle of technological and economic growth to the vast complexities of the real world that increasingly put even the most advanced societies at risk.” —Edward O. Wilson

“Closely reasoned, accessible and lucid . . . displaying impressive breadth of learning…. he provides fresh and thought-provoking environmental wake-up calls [that we] need to make informed, individual decisions that will close the ingenuity gap.” —Thomas P. Hughes, The Washington Post

“I can think of no other new concept that so fully condenses all of the challenges we face as a human civilization than the ‘ingenuity gap.’ Homer-Dixon has found a way to unite all of our concerns about economics, war, population growth, complexity, etc. under a single heading. He is one of an elite group of academics who can write for a mass audience.” —Robert D. Kaplan

“The Ingenuity Gap offers an updated caution against human hubris. Homer-Dixon’s casual, sometimes anecdotal prose is undergirded by serious scientific data and a truly global range of case-studies suggesting that the world is becoming a lot more complex than our minds can grasp or our capacities can handle.” —Paul Kennedy, author of The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations

“[He] is one of the few people on the planet who could have tackled what he defines as the world’s overriding issue: the yawning ‘ingenuity’ gap between the need for practical solutions to complex problems, from global warming to Third World poverty, and the actual supply of workable ideas.” —Maclean's

Downright fascinating. . . . The Ingenuity Gap reads like one of Malcolm Gladwell’s stories for The New Yorker. . . . Fans of big-think books like Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel, David Landes’s The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, and Robert Wright’s The Moral Animal will find The Ingenuity Gap riveting.” —John J. Miller