23 October 2014 Published in Book Reviews
The Great Disruption:  Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World By Paul Gilding      Bloomsbury Press, New York:  2011 $25.00     Available through Mid-York Library System If the “progress” of the modern industrial “consumer society” is a fast moving train, it is about to be derailed. …
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18 May 2014 Published in Book Reviews
A Renegade History of the United States Thaddeus Russell Free Press, Simon and Schuster, New York, 2010 In this insightful book, Thaddeus Russell takes a controversial look at the evolution of American freedoms that are often attributed solely to the Founding Fathers.   He argues that many of these freedoms evolved from actions of the renegades of…
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18 May 2014 Published in Book Reviews
The role science plays in developing public policy is often misunderstood by the public. A classic example of this is the controversy over global warming, or rapid climate change. In Merchants of Doubt, Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway clearly explain “how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global…
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18 May 2014 Published in Book Reviews
The World is Flat:  A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L Friedman Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2006 Tom Friedman has written a brief history of globalization since 1987.   It explains how economies around the world have become very integrated over the past quarter century, focusing on many “events” that were not…
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18 May 2014 Published in Book Reviews
True Compass: A Memoir, by Edward M. Kennedy. Twelve: Hachette Book Group, New York, 2009. An insider’s view of one of the major political dynasties of the second half of the 20th century, True Compass is the story of the youngest of four sons of a family that has fascinated Americans for half a century. The…
18 May 2014 Published in Book Reviews
Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet:  The New Geopolitics of Energy by Michael T. Klare.  Holt Paperbacks, New York, 2009. Michael T. Klare has written a comprehensive study of energy on a global scale.  Energy from hydrocarbon fuels is essential to our modern way of life.  The demand for energy leads to competition for these finite resources, driving…
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18 May 2014 Published in Book Reviews
The Winter of our Disconnect        Susan Maushart   Published by: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin , London, 2010.   Written by an American single-mother, living in Perth, Australia, this book covers six months largely “unplugged” from the Internet, iPods, and cell phones. It is part memoir and part diary.  Maushart unevenly includes many interesting references to various studies related…

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