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Hard Thinking

Books about sustainability.

Here are some books from my library.

I collected them earlier for the post on the Sustainability Debate. But the listed books represent a powerful reading program and I think the list deserves to stand on its own feet. These books have had a deep influence on my understanding of who I am, where I am in history, where I am on this planet, here somewhere in this universe …

I am sure many of you have read good books you want to add. Put them in the comment field. I will read them and update the list.

1953 Bruno Snell: The Discovery of the Mind – The Greek Origins of European Thought
1961 Franz Fanon: The Wretched of the Earth – Psychological effect of colonization
1962 Rachel Carlson: Silent Spring – Effects of pollution
1967 Kenneth Galbraith: The New Industrial State – The new Industrial System
1970 D & D Meadows, J Randers: The Limits to Growth – Overshoot and limited esources
1972 R.F. Dasman: Planet in Peril? – The Environmental Crisis
1973 E.F. Schumacher: Small is Beautiful – Intermediate Technology
1980 Robert Nisbet: History of the Idea of Progress – Progress, a Christian idea
1987 Bruntland: Our Common Future – We have a moral obligation to the future
1996 Manuel Castells: The Information Age – Global network society
1999 Jared Diamond: Guns, Germs, and Steel – Why politics fails
2005 Jeffrey Sachs: The End of Poverty – Public interest, not corporate interest
2009 Nicholas Stern: A Blueprint for a Safer Planet – Accounting for global warming
2009 James Lovelock: The Vanishing Face of Gaia – One living planet
2009 Tim Jackson: Prosperity without Growth – Living within environmental limits
2010 Laurence C. Smith: The World in 2050 – Demography and the planet
2010 Raghuram Rajan: Fault Lines – Complexity of global assets
2011 Lester Brown: World on the Edge – Rescue Plan B
2011 George Magnus: Uprising – Unsustainability of export driven growth
2011 Francis Fukuyama: The Origins of Political Order – Communities organize themselves
2012 Dambisa Moyo: Winner Take All – China’s grab for resources
2012 Joseph Stiglizt: The Price of Inequality – Towards social conflict
2012 Jorgen Randers: 2052 – Short-sightedness of democracy and markets
2012 Bernard Lietaer: Money and Sustainability – Erosion of social capital
2013 J. Rockström and M. Klum: The Human Quest – Living within our planet’s boundaries
2014 Francis Fukuyama: Political Order and Political Decay – Globalization of democracy
2014 Susan Greenfield: Mind Change – How technology will affect the human brain; how a new human mind is born and developing

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