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.
- Carbon Detox by George Marshall is the best book I’ve read on cutting your personal carbon footprint.
- Heat, by George Monbiot is a great investigation into how to make the necessary cuts to emissions.
- Blueprint for a safer planet, by Nicholas Stern outlines the nature of an international deal.
- Half Gone, by Jeremy Leggett explains why oil supplies are tightening.
- Why Your World is About to get a Whole Lot Smaller. Jeff Rubin investigates the economics of oil depletion.
- $20 per gallon by Christopher Steiner explores the real life implications of rising oil prices.
- The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins takes on climate change and peak oil together and sees the potential for community renewal.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Local Food: How to Make it Happen in Your Community by Tamzin Pinkerton is a practical guide to local food projects.
- Coming home to eat is Gary Paul Nabhan’s story about trying to eat as locally as possible in the Arizona desert.
- Enough: Why the world’s poorest starve in an age of plenty by Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman shows how to end hunger.
- Waste: Uncovering the global food scandal, by Tristram Stuart argues that food waste is a key issue in feeding the world.