The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight
Waking Up to Personal and Global Transformation
So, an ambitious book! Does it succeed? Undoubtably it succeeds in putting the case across by a variety of scholarly research, anecdotes, stories and logic. It's also a compulsive read, and for anyone who has never come across these ideas before, indeed 'One of the most important books...'. But for such a massively ambitious book to truly succeed would require that it actually contributes to changing the thinking and behaviour of leaders and whole populations. That's a tall order, and although I guess this is a very influential book, as of 2007, the jury is still out on whether we have time to save the world even if we suddenly became a world of enlightened and peaceful beings overnight. In that sense, this book is an important part of the global Green movement.
The second part (... How did we get Here?) takes a highly critical look at the transformation of tribal culture into civilization, with a great emphasis on native American Indian/Aboriginal tribes, and shines an unsettling light on Western civilization's conquest and enslavement of them. This is also where the author starts to bring in a spiritual dimension.
In Part three, Thom presents a number of suggestions to save the World. Intreagingly, he starts off with changes in consciousness, moving through dominant culture stories, the empowerment of women, non-materialism, pacifism and communal living.
Because the breadth of the book's subject matter roams so freely, it's unlikely that anyone will honestly agree with every point in it, but really that's not a problem. Neither in many senses could you really consider the book objective. Despite the global content, it's still a somewhat North-American perspective on the World. This is a book to stimulate the reader into thinking about what or who they do or should really belive. It's more the literary manifestation of a visionary and idealistic man, and for that, you can't fault it. Highly Recommended