Joe Sherman is the author of Gasp!: The Swift and Terrible Beauty of Air. It is a colorful and scientific history of the Earth's atmosphere. Reviewers have described Gasp! as "full of strange and wondrous stories" (E Magazine), "masterly inventive" (Grist), and "alternately calm and gusty, playful, hot, chilling, lucid, breezy, or furious like a hurricane" (Philadelphia Inquirer).
Sherman's previous books include Charging Ahead, the story of the rise and fall of the Sunrise, an electric car prototype built by MIT's James Worden and his Solectria Corporation; Fast Lane on a Dirt Road: A Contemporary History of Vermont; and In the Rings of Saturn, a critical look at General Motor's Saturn automobile plant in rural Tennessee and its impact on a rural backwater. In the Rings of Saturn was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction in 1993 and Fast Lane on a Dirt Road has been labeled "a classic."
Sherman has also written for numerous national and regional periodicals including Smithsonian, Audubon, G.Q, Historic Preservation, Automobile Magazine, Yankee, Vermont Magazine, and Vermont Life.
In 2005, he was honored with a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship in Environmental Studies at Massaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. As a part of that fellowship, he presented lectures on the interrelationship of transportation policies, sprawl, and air pollution. Titled "Chopping Up the Countryside," his lectures were warmly received in Central Europe (where growth is strong and regulation is disdained as a troubling throwback to the communist era).
He has spoken to large and small audiences, including corporate executives, nonprofit groups, civic organizations, and college audiences. He was interviewed extensively about Gasp! The Swift and Terrible Beauty of Air on Air America with Thom Hartman, on the ENN Radio Network, and on numerous National Public Radio affiliates.
Sherman speaks about America's struggle to regulate air pollution - politically, culturally, and technologically - and about the history of the atmosphere, from its origins to its role as a life-sustaining, evolving partner with the Earth itself. He also speaks about the car culture's global sprawl and its clash with a sustainable future.
An excerpt from Gasp! The Swift and Terrible Beauty of Air is available here, and information about his books is available here. To explore engaging Joe Sherman as a speaker, contact him here. For the most up-to-date information about Joe, visit his website here.
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