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Some Suggested Books

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Most of my reading about energy comes from articles and text books, but here are a few books on energy that folks may find helpful. Below is a longer list of other, nonfiction books that I’ve enjoyed, or at least found informative.

the questThe Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, by Daniel Yergin

This is not a humble title, and this is not a humble book. Yergin spends roughly 800 pages providing an insightful encyclopedia to the whole of the energy world, including its history, different resources, the industry, and renewable technologies. From incredible research to entertaining anecdotes, this is a must-read for anyone involved with energy today.

Read the rest of my brief review here.

Read more at the Christian Science Monitor.





Fueling Our Future: An Introduction to Sustainable Energy, by Robert Evans Fueling Our Future

This book was given to me by the author, Robert Evans, while he was teaching at UBC and I was a student there, working on agriculture and renewable energy, specifically Brazilian sugarcane ethanol. Evans delivers a concise assessment of local and global concerns with energy supply and demand, followed by a catalog of existing and emerging energy technologies. In our busy lives, this is a welcome book in its insight as well as its brevity.

Read more at Cambridge University Press.




Food Energy SocietyFood, Energy, and Society, by David Pimentel

Pimentel has continued to update this book with subsequent editions since its initial publication. He is known to be decidedly against biofuels production from food crops, and since that was my stance when I first began investigating biofuels technology, this book was a natural fit for me. Since then I have softened my anti-ethanol stance, but Pimentel’s work remains well researched and highly informative, if not always objective.

Read a review at CRC Press here.

Read more about the author and his work on his website here.


Other Non-Fiction Books:

Development as Freedom, by Amartya Sen

Devt as FreedomAfter reading “Ingredients of Famine Analysis,” another article by this Nobel Prize-winning author, I continued to enjoy and learn from his excellent work. I used that article in another post on my site here, and used this book for my doctoral dissertation. Sen provides comprehensive context for the roles of individuals and various institutions in assessing the most important goals for economic development.

Read more at the Harvard Law Review.

Read more about the author and his work on his website at Harvard.




Teaching as a SuTeaching_SubversiveActbversive Activity, by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner

This book is not nearly as subversive as the title suggests. It’s one of two books I’ve ever read on how to be a teacher, and it maintains the simple tenant that education should foster sound critical thinking, as this is essential to a functioning democracy. A central theme is that teachers are not there to deliver information, but to ask challenging questions. Published in 1969, it contributed to the civil rights movement and the general questioning of where we were headed as a nation and as a society.

Read more on Postman’s website here.

Written by Jason

July 23rd, 2010 at 10:11 am

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