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How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life
This was actually a very good book! Like many, I dismissed Reagan as an amiable dunce, but after reading Robinson's book, I've changed my mind, at lea ...more
Jan 21, 2015
Jan 26, 2015
World Made by Hand
James Kunstler sets out a near future in which 1) the offshore oil doesn't flow anymore 2) unnamed events have conspired to remove much of what passes ...more
Nov 18, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation
How many stars, three or four? Three because it is a light overview of how we got into the present mess of too much dependence on technology to solve ...more
Aug 12, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
Wonderful action yarn! Take one ex drug smuggler who founded a fantasy on-line game company; add one Eritrean refugee raised in Iowa; add a Russian mo ...more
Jan 13, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
Funny Boy
This took place is set in the early 80's in the racist society of Ceylon, now called Sri Lanka. The reviews purport this to be (yet another) gay 'comi ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World
From the cover:
Power-down n 1: the energy famine that engulfed industrial nations in the early 21st century; 2: the deliberate process of contraction
Jul 2009
Oct 14, 2009
Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects
I tend to rush through books, intent on the story rather than read them slowly savouring the characters, plot twists, dialog etc. This one was no diff ...more
Dec 05, 2009
Dec 14, 2009
The Money Road
Some of you may remember Garth Turner, onetime Finance Minister for Canada and political maverick, for which he was kicked out of the Conservative cau ...more
Mar 04, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
The Mission Song
Take a Congolese interpreter in London England, hired to translate at a mysterious conference, mix in various government involvements (including Her M ...more
Feb 23, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy
Matt Simmons is/was an investment banker in the energy industry. He started asking questions about the Saudi Arabia Aramco oil company. When he could ...more
May 19, 2009
May 19, 2009
The Long Emergency
The full title is "The Long Emergency, Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century.

Dec 21, 2010
Dec 24, 2010
The Logic Of Failure: Recognizing And Avoiding Error In Complex Situations
Fascinating - the psychology of how we, as humans, fail and try to cope with these failures. The only reason not to give it 4 stars was that it is tra ...more
Jun 21, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning
**spoiler alert** An excellent summary of the state of the climate change debate and the controversy that swirls around it. Monbiot carefully goes thr ...more
Jun 14, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
Stuff Matters: Genius, Risk and the Secret of Capitalism
Bingham is a former investment banker (Lehman Brothers) who did some thinking and researching about capitalism after the 2007/2008 financial disaster ...more
Sep 25, 2013
Sep 30, 2013
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
Leonard Mlodinow takes time off doing physics and writing scripts for Star Trek the answer the question: what do coin tosses, stock market analysts' p ...more
Jul 2009
Apr 19, 2009
A Man Without a Country
I'm re-reading this (2010March 16) and finding new delights. He has an odd sense of humour. He is now 'without a country' as the country he fought for ...more
Mar 16, 2008
Mar 16, 2010
Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness
Kidder tells a part of the story of Deogratias, a schoolboy in Burundi at the time of the Hutu/Tutsi genocide, his escape from near certain death seve ...more
Jul 23, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
We humans, especially we modern, civilized humans in the developed world, are _so_ predictably irrational! Clever marketers, pollsters and other influ ...more
Jul 2009
Oct 14, 2009
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
I found this disappointing, especially after all the hype about it. We all know there are what Gladwell calls tipping points, those points at which so ...more
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Mar 10, 2009
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
Jun 10, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
Too Much Magic
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Sep 18, 2012
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