posts tagged ‘economics’

American Pictures

August 4th, 2010
American Pictures

Jacob Holdt

I’ve always admired Jacob Holdt’s achievement in this book. With the most curious of cameras he made a photographic journey through America, and always took the time to visit, eat with (and for some reason usually sleep with) the poorest people he met. A really beautiful book.…

The Beaver Pond

July 15th, 2010
The Beaver Pond

A child’s book by Robert Duvoisin

I really love this book, not just because of the adorable 1950s style illustrations, or that it describes the natural history of beavers and their habitat, but also because it tells a fable of resource depletion. This is a parable of the natural rise and fall or organizations.…

The Forgotten Man

July 15th, 2010
The Forgotten Man

By Amity Shlaes

Revisionist history of the Great Depression, and timely considering the multivariate crises America is facing these days. Both political and polemic, it gives a jarring view of the Roosevelt administration. The parallels to Obama are all too clear.…

The End of Oil

July 15th, 2010
The End of Oil

by Paul Roberts

If Peak Oil, national and global energy policies, and infrastructure, is something you can read about on an empty stomach, then this is a good book. It is readable and rational, and not (overly) alarmist.…