EPIBuilding a Sustainable Future
Lester R. Brown


“This is a much-needed testament and historical document from one of the great environmentalists of our time.” —Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor, Harvard University

“Having been a fan of Lester Brown’s past work, I was anxious to read his personal memoir – and it didn’t disappoint. Breaking New Ground is fascinating in that it delves deeply into who Lester Brown is, of course as an environmental leader and great thinker, but more importantly, as a human being.  Just as he has in the past, Lester continues to inspire us with his brilliant thoughts and ideas, and in his memoir, he isn’t afraid to also show us his heart.” —Ted Turner

“Lester Brown is one of humanity’s great eco-warriors, constantly updating the state of the planet while ceaselessly seeking solutions and a path to sustainability. Breaking New Ground is an inspirational story of what one person is capable of achieving.  Every aspiring activist will find much to learn from Lester Brown’s life story.”  —David Suzuki

"This is the life story of a true American hero . . .  as a scientist and public intellectual dedicated to the cause of sustainability Lester Brown is in a class by himself."  —David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor, Oberlin College

“If you’ve ever thought, ‘I’m just one person; what can one person do?,’ well, meet Lester Brown. Until now, Lester’s work has been about the wider world, but here he allows us a look at how one person can achieve so much that is possible and positive. If you’d like directions to the high road where one person can drive change, Lester Brown’s story is the roadmap to the on-ramp.” —Carl Safina, author of The View From Lazy Point

“At last one of the most inspiring and accomplished of environmental thought leaders tells his very own tale. A must read for anyone who cares about where we have come from and where we need to go for a sustainable future.”  —Thomas E. Lovejoy, University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University

“Lester Brown is one of the most influential people of the last half century. This wonderfully engaging read tells his story, from humble beginnings to transcendent figure on the world stage. Need some inspiration? Get yourself a copy of this book.” —Geoffrey Holland, Author, The Hydrogen Age

"I have long admired Lester Brown as a truly systemic thinker and as one of the most authoritative voices on environmental issues. His memoir also shows him as a great storyteller. It is fascinating, indeed often spell-binding, to follow his life's trajectory from his childhood on a small family farm to his uncanny forecasts for the Department of Agriculture, and on to becoming one of the world's most influential analysts, developing his many skills with each new challenge."  — Fritjof Capra, author of The Web of Life and The Hidden Connections

"What an amazing journey.  It's not just a rich account of a fascinating life, but also a passionate eye-witness account of the environmental movement.  A must read for all those who care about the future of our planet."  —Marilyn and Hal Weiner, Executive Producers, Journey To Planet Earth

“Lester Brown’s aptly titled memoir is a great read! A farmer turned researcher and global analyst, Brown has made systems view appraisals of planetary conditions for decades and is a leading voice for addressing climate change. Here is a record of outstanding accomplishment on the global stage, as well as a startling call for “Plan B”: saving civilization. The world is indebted to Brown’s longstanding leadership and very much needs his voice.” —Raffi Cavoukian, Founder and chair of Centre for Child Honouring, author of Lightweb Darkweb

"While Brown himself demurs that he's hardly a born writer, his personal account is straightforwardly captivating and provides invaluable insight into the mind and heart of a true contemporary environmental hero." —Carl Hays, Booklist

"Lester [Brown] has made an amazing impact on the environmental movement and has brought eco-consciousness to the world of business, politics and academia." –Satish Kumar, Editor-in-Chief of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine

"Breaking New Ground carries on Brown’s educational legacy while providing a great look back at one man’s lifelong focus on making the planet a better place." – Amy Phillips Bursch, Population Connection