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A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright
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Jan 11, 12

bookshelves: nonfiction, civilization
Read from December 25, 2011 to January 11, 2012

The first few chapters, and the examples they contained, were familiar to me as a historian, so the pace and content wasn't breathtaking at first. In the last third of the book, things certainly pick up. I was pleased to see Wright emphasizing the fact that European explorers did not come to North America and find an "untouched wilderness," but in fact a network of agrarian societies which have given us (or had stolen from) so much of what is on our tables, and the bullion responsible for that great 'proof' of western ingenuity, the Industrial Revolution.

He provides no solutions after showing us the probable results of our grim patterns of boom and bust, so don't read the final chapter if you're already in a pessimistic mood.

It's an important, well-researched and readable book I would recommend to anyone with a friend or fifty with their heads still in the sand about the path our global civilization is taking. Now if only we could get policy-makers to read it...
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