Eugene Linden (author)

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Eugene Linden (b. ca. 1947)[1][2] is an American author of several non-fiction books on science, technology, the environment, and humanity's relationship with Nature. He was educated at Yale University. He lives in Nyack, New York.

In his autobiography, Linden makes the following statement:

I’ve spent my entire writing career exploring various aspects of one question: Why is it that after hundreds of thousands of years one relatively small subset of our species has reached a point where its fears, appetites, and spending habits control the destiny of every culture, every major ecosystem, and virtually every creature on earth? What happened that enabled us to seize control in a blink of an eye?

Besides his books, Linden has published articles and essays in Time, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal et al. He published a cover story on the demoralization of American forces in Vietnam in Saturday Review, December 1971.

Linden a senior writer at Inc. in 1984, and a senior writer at Time in 1987-1995, followed by a contributor in 1995-2001.

Linden serves on several nonprofit boards and advisory committees, and is an independent director of three companies. He has appeared on television, including The Daily Show and Comedy Central, and on radio, including National Public Radio (NPR).

Linden is currently Chief Investment Strategist at Bennett Management in Stamford, Connecticut, a family of investment funds specializing in distress and bankruptcies.[3]

Honors and awards[edit]

Linden has been awarded a Citation for Excellence by the Overseas Press Club for his story "The Rape of Siberia", the Harry Chapin Media Awards for Best Periodical (1994), and Global Media Award for Best Periodical by the Population Institute[4] (1994), both for his story "Megacities". He also received two Genesis Awards for writing on the subject of animals for his articles "Can Animals Think?" (1995) and "Doomed". He received a Yale University Poynter Fellowship in 2001, the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism from the American Geophysical Union, and the Grantham Prize Special Award of Merit in 2007.


  • Apes, Men, and Language, Saturday Review Press (New York, NY), 1975, revised edition, Penguin (New York, NY), 1981.
  • The Alms Race: The Impact of American Voluntary Aid Abroad, Random (New York, NY), 1976.
  • Affluence and Discontent: The Anatomy of Consumer Societies, Viking (New York, NY), 1979.
  • The Anatomy of Consumer Societies, Viking/Seaver Books (New York, NY), November 1979.
  • The Education of Koko (with Francine Patterson), photographs by Ronald H. Cohn, Holt (New York, NY), 1982.
  • Silent Partners: The Legacy of the Ape Language Experiments, Times Books (New York, NY), 1986.
  • An Wang, Lessons (autobiography) (co-author), Addison-Wesley (Reading, MA), 1986.
  • The Future in Plain Sight: Nine Clues to the Coming Instability, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1998, updated edition with a new afterword by author, Plume (New York, NY), 2002.
  • The Parrot's Lament, and Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence, and Ingenuity, Dutton (New York, NY), 1999.
  • Closing the Great Divide: Development and the Eradication of Poverty (with Henry Owen and Carol Graham), Council on Foreign Relations Press (Washington, DC), 2001.
  • The Octopus and the Orangutan: More True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence, and Ingenuity, Dutton (New York, NY), 2002.
  • The Mind of Wall Street: A Legendary Financier on the Perils of Greed and the Mysteries of the Market (with Leon Levy), foreword by Alan Abelson, Public Affairs (New York, NY), 2002.
  • The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2006.
  • The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands, and Indigenous Peoples Meet (2011) ISBN 978-0-670-02251-9


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