Bill McKibben, author of Earth: "Unlike most dirty books, this one is novel and fresh on every page. You'll be amazed."
Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: "Garbology is an illuminating, entertaining read that ultimately provides hope and tips for a less wasteful future. This book will make you want to burn, or at least recycle, your trash can!"
Samuel Fromartz, author of Organic Inc: "In this well-written and fast-paced book, Edward Humes delves into the underbelly of a consumer society -- it's trash. What he finds is so startling and infuriating, you will never think about 'waste' in the same way again."
Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution
What happens when a renowned river guide teams up with the CEO of one of the largest—and least Earth-friendly—corporations in the world? In the case of former Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott and white water expert-turned Blu Skye Sustainability consultant Jib Ellison, you get nothing less than a green business revolution. Force of Nature reveals the inside story of the struggle to redefine what it means to be green in the world of big business. A little-known partnership between a one-man consultancy and the world's biggest retailer has evolved and grown, and has begun transforming whole industries. Now it's empowering a second industrial revolution, from the way we make clothes to heartland dairy farms, based on a simple truth: that the clean, green, efficient, less polluting way of doing business can also be the most profitable way of doing business.
New York Times: "Mr. Humes does here what the very best business books do. He finds a good story to help illuminate an issue of surpassing importance.... Mr. Humes’s prose is almost flawless, lean and clear, egoless and spare. He doesn’t deify or demonize Wal-Mart or any of the characters; in fact, he says Wal-Mart’s very business model is probably unsustainable. This is first-rate work — both by the author and by Wal-Mart itself."
Los Angeles Times: "A meticulously researched and engrossing narrative... For those interested in the relationship between business and environment -– once wary, now warming -– Humes' book is a compelling case study."
Publishers Weekly: “Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Humes offers a stirring story of how ecologically responsible practices are increasingly benefiting the bottom line... A fascinating, fair-minded look at the congruence between environmentalism and business, and the behemoth at the intersection.”
Eco Barons: The New Heroes of Environmental Activism
While many people remain paralyzed by the scope of Earth’s environmental crisis, the Eco Barons – a new, unheralded generation of dreamers, schemers and millionaires – have quietly dedicated their lives and fortunes to saving the planet. From the former fashion magnate and founder of Esprit who has saved more rainforest than anyone else on the planet, to the Malibu pool cleaner who led a worldwide effort to slow climate change, to the activists who saved the polar bear, the sea turtle and hundreds of other species from extinction, the incredible stories of the Eco Barons show just how much an individual’s determination and vision can accomplish. As environmentalist Bill McKibben says of Eco Barons “the heroes chronicled… will dramatically expand your sense of what you can do for the environment!” Published by ecco/Harper Collins. Browse the book here.
New York Times: “Encouraging and often inspirational… We must all strive to be become Eco Barons in our own right if we are to save the planet.”
Outside Magazine: “Humes’s in-depth reporting (reveals)… the new face of American environmentalism.”
Reuters: “Eco Barons reminds you of the best that journalism has to offer, as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Humes has a knack for flowing narrative in his tales as well as any fiction writer.”
Mississippi Mud: Southern Justice & the Dixie Mafia (2010 edition)
Lynne Sposito’s fearless investigation of her parents’ murders soon led her to a shadowy group of criminals known as the Dixie Mafia, and into a teeming underworld of merciless killers, ruthless con men, and venal politicians who would do anything to keep Lynne from exposing the truth. Published by Simon & Schuster. Browse the book here.
Chicago Tribune: “Reminiscent of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood… Reads as smoothly as a finely crafted suspense novel.”
Bestselling author Ann Rule: “A story almost too unbelievable to be true. But it is… Engrossing! Terrifiic!”
New York Times: “Edward Humes’s lucid and unadorned prose admirably suits this complex story of venality and betrayal… Mississippi Mud reads like a well-constructed mystery novel.”
Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion & the Battle for America’s Soul
Seattle Times: “Vivid, memorable and engaging, and a welcome breath of common sense in an area dominated by zealots and table pounding.”
Newsday: “An explosive and colorful read.”
Washington Post: “Gripping… An important episode in the country’s ongoing struggle to reconcile faith, science, and culture. Humes’s book is a compelling account of that struggle.”
No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court
Winner of the PEN Center USA award for research nonfiction and the Best Book award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. Published by Simon & Schuster. Browse the book here.
Washington Post: “Passionate… A sad, maddening, brilliant book.”
New York Times: “A finely etched, powerfully upsetting portrait.”
Washington Monthly: “Reads like a pilot for a Michael Crichton TV series… Stories careen by in an “ER”-style blur but still manage to touch a nerve. Humes has produced a thoughtful, nuanced work, set apart from the flood of wonkish policy books by his often beautiful prose.”
Over Here: How the GI Bill Transformed the American Dream
Long Beach Press Telegram: “A profound book… brilliant.”
Denver Post: “Poignant… The human dramas scattered throughout the narrative are irresistible.”
Los Angeles Times: “Humes’s rich tapestry is… deeply moving, alive with the thrill of people from modest backgrounds discovering that the opportunities available to them were far greater than anything they had dreamed of.”
School of Dreams: Making the Grade at a Top American High School
Washington Post: “A masterly example of passionate yet even-handed reporting… It deserves an A+, even without grade inflation.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “ Reveals more about what’s missing in public education than No Child Left Behind or any high-stakes test ever could.”
Booklist: “Humes captures the angst and yearning of high school students who want to achieve, for themselves and their parents, but who have a vague sense they’re missing out on something less tangible than a grade-point average.”
Los Angeles Times: “A remarkable and searing book… Humes has written a book that is hard to forget, a picture of sadness and joy that is all the more beautiful for its pervasive humanity and its inherent mystery.”
New York Times: “A masterly job… Splendid reading… Humes does what only a good journalist can do: He transports us body and soul… Great medical storytelling.”
San Francisco Chronicle: “Eloquent… An affirming, often riveting book, and the families of the many children alive today because of an NICU will thank him for it.”
Mean Justice: A Town’s Terror, a Prosecutor’s Power, a Betrayal of Justice
A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 1999, Mean Justice chronicles the story of a retired high school principal convicted of murdering his wife, despite grave questions about the evidence against him and the conduct of authorities, and numerous revelations of police and prosecutorial misconduct in numerous other cases. Published by Simon & Schuster. Browse the book here.
Los Angeles Times: “This is the same seamless, honest and also lyrical writing that earned Humes a Pulitzer Prize.”
San Francisco Chronicle: “Mean Justice is an extraordinary nonfiction work… The reader is simple swept along.”
Chicago Tribune: “So thorough… So compelling… An important book.”
Murderer With a Badge
The true story of the dirtiest cop in Los Angeles, nicknamed “Mild Bill” for his unassuming manner, even as he ran a ring of luxury yacht thieves and engineered murders for hire.
Drug trafficking, ritual murder and official incompetence on the US-Mexican border.