Road to Survival

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Road to Survival
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AuthorWilliam Vogt
CountryUnited States
Publication date
August 5, 1948

Road to Survival is a 1948 book by William Vogt. It was a major inspiration for the modern environmentalist movement.


Road to Survival is a summary of the ecological status of the world. Vogt attacks capitalism, and describes United States history as a "march of destruction".[1]

The book is filled with scientific data, and its world-wide scope was unusual at the time.[2] Ultimately, the book advocates population control as the only way to prevent environmental disaster.[3] Human population could not exceed the planet's carrying capacity without disaster.[1]


The book was commercially successful. A condensed version was published in Reader's Digest, and many universities used the book as a textbook. However, his message was attacked by ideologues of all varieties, by conservatives for opposing capitalism and supporting birth control, and by liberals as proof of "science's bankruptcy in the face of pressing modern problems".[1]

Later on, the book would inspire the modern environmental movement, with both Rachel Carson and Paul Ehrlich being inspired by it.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Mann, Charles (2018). The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World. Knopf. ISBN 0307961699.
  2. ^ Hunt, Kenneth (1948). "Road to Survival". The Antioch Review. 8 (4): 505–507. doi:10.2307/4609306.
  3. ^ "ROAD TO SURVIVAL by William Vogt | Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 25 February 2018.