Books

I get through a lot of books, and my reading material inspires most of my blog posts. You can read the latest reviews here, or here are some recommendations.

Climate change:

Oil:

Poverty

  • Bad Samaritans by Ha-Joon Chang challenges conventional wisdom on development.
  • The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier looks at why the poorest countries are trapped in poverty.
  • From Poverty to Power by Duncan Green calls for a redistribution of power as well as rising incomes.

Economics:

  • Money Matters, by David Boyle. If you don’t get economics, read this first.
  • The New Economics, David Boyle and Andrew Simms introduce the field of sustainable economics.
  • Prosperity Without Growth. Tim Jackson dismantles growth economics.
  • Freefall, by Joseph Stiglitz. The best explanation of the recent financial crisis that I’ve read so far.

Society

  • The Spirit Level. Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett’s hugely important book on why inequality matters.
  • A Good Childhood (also see Happiness), by Richard Layard, on what our economic priorities should be.
  • Good Work by E F Schumacher is full of great ideas and sparkles with compassion and humanity.

Biodiversity

  • The Diversity of Life is E O Wilson’s celebration of life on earth.
  • Seasick, by Alanna Mitchell explores the crisis in the world’s oceans.

Food

Faith

  • Planetwise, by Dave Bookless put a Christian faith perspective on the climate debate.
  • Soil and Soul by Alistair McIntosh is a unique combination of politics, theology and poetry.

2 Comments on “Books”

  1. cabocalla September 7, 2011 at 3:27 am #

    I recommend “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn. He has several other books that are just as profound, but “Ishmael” is the book he is best known for.

    • Jeremy September 7, 2011 at 9:59 am #

      Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll look that up.

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