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Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows
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Aug 18, 2011

really liked it
Read from August 28 to October 23, 2011

Very good primer into a deep topic.

The book provides straight forward descriptions of various degenerate system archetypes and a number of ways to address each one. The author describes these concepts in general terms and shows how they can apply to specific situations.

Meadows makes no claim that a systems approach to problems is a silver bullet. She quite clearly states the opposite, that systems thinking is another perspective with certain benefits and other drawbacks.

In my opinion this book lives up to its title. Since I started reading I've been able to identify rough models of a number of systems in my everyday life.

My only complaint about the book is the political commentary peppered throughout. None of the specific commentary is much of a turnoff to me, but it just seems out of place in such a book.

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