Written by Indian writer Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable tackles climate change head-on. Specifically, it details 1) the stories of how climate change has affected specific areas of the world and its people, 2) the history of climate change and the climate change movement, and 3) the politics of climate change and the climate change movement. Effectively, Ghosh's book is a warning to those who don't take the threat of climate change seriously enough and to those who think the issue can be addressed in the future. "We need not be concerned with earth and our environment, in our actions pursuits and activities," Ghosh proclaimed.
When it was released in 2016, The Great Derangement received mostly positive reviews. Kirkus Reviews, for example, liked the book and called it "A slim but certainly significant contribution to the climate crisis dialogue sure to provoke discussion and increased awareness about our imperiled planet." Publisher's Weekly liked the book even more than Kirkus Reviews, writing that "In this concise and utterly enlightening volume, Ghosh urges the public to find new artistic and political frameworks to understand and reduce the effects of human-caused climate change, sharing his own visionary perspective as a novelist, scholar, and citizen of our imperiled world."