2014 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Finalist

The War That Ended Peace

Naomi Klein 
This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate 
Knopf Canada



Jury Citation

A lively work of astonishing breadth and ambition, both far-reaching and intimate, This Changes Everything makes a case that the drift towards hyper-corporatism can only worsen the crisis that imperils the planet. Sure to rouse even the most complacent into re-examining their view on the climate question, it delivers its message with a kind of spring-loaded tension. Yet Naomi Klein sees a possible hopeful outcome: ordinary citizens re-connect and re-engage, affirming the power of mass activism to lead change and, in doing so, reclaiming a more democratic society.

About the Book

Despite mounting scientific evidence, climate change denialism is surging in many wealthy countries, and extreme fossil-fuel extraction gathers pace. Exposing the work of ideologues on the right who know the challenge this poses to the free market all too well, Naomi Klein also questions the failing strategies of environmental groups. She argues that the deep changes required should not be viewed as punishments to fear, but as a kind of gift. It's time to stop running from the full implications of the crisis and begin to embrace them. Klein advocates that the climate crisis can become a catalyst of great and positive social transformation.

About the Author

Naomi Klein is a journalist and social activist. She won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction in 2014. Herfirst book, No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, was translated into more than 25 languages and was named by the New York Times as “a movement bible.” She is a contributing editor for Harper’s, a reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian. Klein is a member of the board of directors for 350.org, an organization building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. She lives in Toronto.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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