Jeff Goodell

 Jeff Goodell’s most recent book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World,was a New York Times CriticsTop Book of 2017 as well as one of The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2017.  He is the author of five previous books, including Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future.  He is a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone, where he has covered climate change for more than a decade.  As a commentator on energy and climate issues, he has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC,  ABC, NBC, Fox News and The Oprah Winfrey Show.  He was a 2016-2017 fellow at New America and is currently a Senior Fellow at Atlantic Council.

Jeff Goodell has a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. He began his career as a journalist covering crime and politics in New York City for 7 Days. Since 1996, he has worked as a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone, where he has covered a wide variety of subjects, from politicians to climate scientists to internet billionaires. "Down and Out in Silicon Valley," a Rolling Stone story chronicling life in homeless shelters in the Valley, was chosen as one of the best business stories of the year by the editors of BusinessWeek. Jeff has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and Wired.

Jeff Goodell's books include The Cyberthief and the Samurai (Dell, 1996), Sunnyvale (Villard, 2000) a memoir about growing up in Silicon Valley which was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, Our Story (Hyperion, 2002), a national bestselling account of nine miners trapped in a Pennsylvania coal mine for 77 hours, and Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future (Houghton Mifflin, 2006).

His next book, Heat: Life and Death in a Warming World, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in 2021.



A Publishers Weekly top 10 science book for Fall 2017

A Critics' Top Book of 2017 in The New York Times

A Notable Work of Nonfiction for 2017 in the Wall Street Journal

The Water Will Come is one of John Green's picks for 2017 on

Watch Jeff Goodell discuss The Water Will Come on PBS Newshour

“Science books aren’t usually page-turners, but The Water Will Come really is… it’s a thriller in which the hero in peril is us.” – John Green

“Other writers have told the story of sea-level rise, but perhaps none as compellingly as Goodell. His riveting stories, from traveling to a Native American village on the Alaskan coast with President Obama, to the dilemma facing the Pentagon concerning the world's largest naval base, Naval Station Norfolk, clarify the implications of sea-level rise and the choices communities face.” – The New York Times Book Review

"Once you’ve read an excellent book about climate change, which Jeff Goodell’s “The Water Will Come” most certainly is, you can never unremember the facts." The New York Times

"This thought-provoking tour through our watery futures offers both challenge and inspiration." – Science

"[E]ngaging. . . .Goodell circles the globe, interviewing scientists and those responsible for keeping people and their homes above water, observing how cities and nations. . . are able to adapt." – Booklist (starred review)

"Gripping. . . . A frightening, scientifically grounded, and starkly relevant look at how climate change will affect coastal cities."  – Kirkus  (starred review)

"Anyone worried about the planet should check this one out, and coastal residents in particular should read this and consider their options." – Library Journal

"The Water Will Come concretely and compellingly tracks the reasons why our current production and consumption patterns are unsustainable." – L.A. Review of Books

"A page-turner of a book that everyone in the Lowcountry should read" – The Post and Courier

"Goodell writes with compassion and clarity" – London Review of Books

"Jeff Goodell has taken on some of the most important issues of our time, from coal mining to geoengineering. In The Water Will Come, he explains the threat of sea level rise with characteristic rigor and intelligence. The result is at once deeply persuasive and deeply unsettling" – Elizabeth Kolbert

"Even if we could halt further growth in greenhouse gas emissions today, we would remain locked into several centuries of sea level rise ahead. Jeff Goodell's THE WATER WILL COME shows us how this stark truth will unfold, right down to individual human experiences." – Laurence C. Smith

“People who believe in climate change will find themselves nodding and tsk-tsking as they zip through this easy-to-read volume. Global-warming skeptics might want to invest in some diving gear.” USA Today



How to Cool the Planet is thoughtful, informative, and darkly entertaining. It’s the best treatment of this important (and scary) topic you can find.” – Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe

“This could be the most important book written about climate.”
– James Lovelock, author of Gaia and The Vanishing Face of Gaia

“In a genre dominated by doomsday scenarios, Goodell’s treatment is refreshingly lighthearted—and his provocative account achieves a fine balance between the inventor’s enthusiasm and the scientist’s skepticism.” – Publishers Weekly

NPR, Can We "Cool the Planet" Through Geoengineering?April 15, 2010

The OregonianNonfiction review: How to Cool the Planet, April 24, 2010



The New York Times, Black CoalJune 24, 2006



“A blessedly unsentimental and true-to-life account of a horrifying situation and a triumphant escape.” – Publishers Weekly



"Techie journalist Goodell presents a touching family portrait as well as an acute look at the social implications of the information age... Anyone who has ever had a family or a computer can relate to Goodell's story." – Kirkus

"Riveting." – The New York Times

"While the high-tech Valley subtext is not without interest (Apple gurus Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak make cameo appearances), Goodell's real subject is the paternal negligence that was carried from father to son through three generations in his family." – Publishers Weekly


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