Staff Picks from the Employee-Owners at Chelsea Green Publishing

Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter

It’s hard not to be inspired by the fact that for all of our technological might, animals can affect ecological outcomes in ways that we can’t, and for the better. Beavers have been anthropomorphized to seem both silly and pesky, but like all creatures they deserve our admiration, and our help.

It’s also hard not to be inspired by such a warm, witty, and deeply considerate writer such as Ben Goldfarb, whose first book is a marvel, and was a pleasure to work on.

—Michael Metivier, Editor

“This is the new, definitive work on oil and its historic significance—supplanting even Daniel Yergin’s The Prize.” —RICHARD HEINBERG, from the foreword

In this sweeping, unabashed history of oil, Matthieu Auzanneau takes a fresh, thought-provoking look at the way oil interests have commandeered politics and economies, changed cultures, disrupted power balances across the globe, and spawned wars. He upends commonly held assumptions about key political and financial events of the past 150 years, and he sheds light on what our oil-constrained and eventually post-oil future might look like.


At Chelsea Green we take a broad, indeed worldwide perspective, publishing authors from many countries and disseminating their ideas. Just as importantly, we are bringing some of the best American writers and thinkers to the world.

The ideas we publish build bridges, not walls. They build and expand communities instead of separating and segregating them.

Regenerate the Earth. Restore the Human Spirit. It’s a tall order, to be sure. But great books, the vehicles for great ideas, have the power to inspire us and cause us to do just that.