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For someone trying to understand the ecological crisis and its possible solutions, the following books, documents, and videos offer indispensable insights.

Books

The first nine books address various aspects of the crisis itself.  The last six address the control methods used by social leaders to block the rational response to the crisis.

Books on the Ecological Crisis

Book Cover - Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Silent Spring

by Rachel Carson (1962)

This remains one of the most eloquent and perceptive books ever written about the hazards of environmental pollution.

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Book Cover - The Limits to Growth by Donella Meadows

The Limits to Growth

by Donella H. Meadows, et al. (1972)

Should humankind survive the ecological crisis, future generations will look back on this book with the sad realization that we were unambiguously warned about the Earth’s ecological constraints.

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Book Cover - The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

The Monkey Wrench Gang

by Edward Abbey (1975)

Abbey was a brilliant nonconformist who spent much of his life in the American Southwest. This novel reflects his intense anger at the corporate destruction of the land he cherished.

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Book Cover - Ecotopia

Ecotopia

by Ernest Callenbach (1975)

It is 20 years since Ecotopia – the territory occupied by Washington state, Oregon, and northern California – seceded from the United States because of the environmental crisis.

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Book Cover - The Discovery of Global Warming by Spencer R. Weart

The Discovery of Global Warming

by Spencer R. Weart (2003)

Weart’s book is useful not only for its historical perspective on global warming, but also because it provides three crucial insights.

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Book Cover - A Short History of Progress

A Short History of Progress

by Ronald Wright (2004)

In this brief but highly readable book, Wright asserts that material progress is a trap that invites our species to over-expand, foul our environmental nests, and trigger an ecological crisis.

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Book Cover - A Case for Climate Engineering

A Case for Climate Engineering

by David Keith (2013)

This book, by a Canadian physicist who is now at Harvard University, addresses the critical topic of solar radiation management (SRM) – the original term for climate engineering.

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Book Cover - A Farewell to Ice by Peter Wadhams

A Farewell to Ice

by Peter Wadhams (2017)

Wadhams is an Arctic expert at the University of Cambridge. This book summarizes his scientific observations after numerous field trips over many decades.

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Book Cover - Humanity's Descent - The Consequences of Ecological Instability

Humanity’s Descent: The Consequences of Ecological Instability

by Rick Potts (1996)

Potts asserts that humankind’s core attributes arose from environmental instability: the climatic and other alterations that produced a flexible, general-purpose brain capable of modifying its habitats to increase its survival chances.

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Books on Political Power and Social Control

Book Cover - The Prince

The Prince

by Niccolo Machiavelli (1532)

The word “Machiavellian” today means unscrupulous scheming, but this diminishes the significance of Machiavelli’s ideas.

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Book Cover - Propaganda

Propaganda

by Edward Bernays (1928)

For an introduction to deep politics – the gritty realities of class, power, and social control – this short book is your best bet.

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Book Cover - 1984 by George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty-four

by George Orwell (1949)

How do social leaders dominate the populace?  Orwell’s answer is that the masses are easily controlled through heavy work, cheap entertainment, and gambling.

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Book Cover - Sleights of Mind by Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde

Sleights of Mind

by Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde (2010)

To fully appreciate how social leaders manage the populace it is necessary to understand magic.

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Book Cover - Coercion - Why We Listen to What They Say

Coercion: Why We Listen to What “They” Say

by Douglas Rushkoff (1999)

Although Rushkoff is politically naive, he is extremely well-informed and insightful with respect to the behavior-modification techniques used in advertising, mall design, sales techniques, mass events, and the like.

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Book Cover - How Nonviolence Protects the State by Peter Gelderloos

How Nonviolence Protects the State

by Peter Gelderloos (2007)

Given the recent upsurge of Extinction Rebellion and other nonviolent movements, this book is highly relevant.

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