MUST READ Year ISBN  
Walter Youngquist Geodestinies: The Inevitable Control of Earth Resources over Nations & Individuals(at www.TheSocialContract.com) 1997 894202995 National Book Co
Richard Heinberg The Party's Over: Oil, war, and the Fate of Industrial Societies††† 2003 0865714827 New Society
Garrett Hardin Living Within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos 1995 195093852 Oxford University Press
Laurie Garrett Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health[especially the chapter on Russia] 2001 786884401 Hyperion
John Perlin Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization 1991 674308921 Harvard University Press
Clive Ponting A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations 1993 0140176608 Penguin Books
Donella Meadows The Limits to Growth: The 30 year update 2004 193149858X Chelsea Green
  Oil, Hubbert's Curve, Natural Gas      
Julian Darley High Noon for Natural Gas: The New Energy Crisis 2004 1931498539 Chelsea Green
Kenneth Deffeyes Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage 2001 0691090866 Princeton University Press
Matthew Simons The Case for a Coming Natural Gas Shortage†† www.worldenergysource.com/articles/pdf/simmons_WE_v5n3.pdf
Daniel Yergin The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power†† [Pulitzer Prize winner] 1993 0671799320 Free Press
  Fossil Fuels and Food      
David & Marshall Fisher www.discover.com/recent_issue/index.htmlselect recent issues on left, 2001 issues, scroll down, select The Nitrogen Bomb from April 2001 Vol. 22 No. 4
John Gever Beyond Oil: The Threat to Food and Fuel in the Coming Decades 1991 870812424 University Press of Colorado
Vaclav Smil Global Population & the Nitrogen Cycle Scientific American Jul 1997 http://hollandimac.chem.rochester.edu/n2cycle.pdf
Vaclav Smil Enriching the Earth: Fritz Haber, Carl Bosch, and the Transformation of World Food Production 2000 026219449X MIT Press
Rich Pirog, et al Food, Fuel, and Freeways ††††www.ag.iastate.edu/centers/leopold/pubinfo/papersspeeches/food_mil.pdf
David Pimentel Food, Energy, and Society 1996 0870813862 University Press of Colorado
  What you can do      
Post Carbon Institute http://www.postcarbon.org/ select outposts or get involved
Oil awareness http://oilawareness.meetup.com/
  World War III††††††††††††††††††††††††††† How likely is it that we'll avoid war over the remaining resources?      
Lutz Kleveman The New Great Game:Blood and Oil in Central Asia 2003 0871139065 Atlantic Monthly Press
Michael Klare Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict 2001 0805055754 Metropolitan Books
Chalmers Johnson The Sorrows Of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic 2004 805070044 Metropolitan Books
  Politics††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Why it's so hard to find a way out of our situation: the Human Political Animal      
Michael Harris Lament For An Ocean: The Collapse of the Atlantic Cod Fishery: A True Story 1998 771039581 McClelland & Stewart
Stanton Glantz Tobacco War: Inside the California Battles 2000 0520222865 University of California Press
Jack Doyle Taken for a Ride: Detroit's Big Three and the Politics of Pollution 2000 1568581475 Four Walls Eight Windows
Dan Fagin Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry manipulates science, bends the law, and endangers your health 1999 1567511627 Common Courage Press
James C. Scott Seeing Like a State.How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. 1998 0300070160 Yale University Press
  Human Ecology††††††††††††††††††††††††† Why it's so hard to find a way out of our situation: homo sapiens in nature      
William Catton Overshoot 1982 0252009886 University of Illinois Press
Tim Flannery The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australian Lands and People 2002 0802139434 Grove Press
Judith Shapiro Mao's War against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China 2001 0521786800 Cambridge University Press
Shepherd Krech The Ecological Indian: Myth and History 2000 0393321002 W. W. Norton
Michael Williams Deforesting the Earth: From Prehistory to Global Crisis 2002 0226899268 University of Chicago Press
Tim Flannery The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples 2001 0871137895 Atlantic Monthly Press
  Resource Allocation      
David Landes The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor 1998 0393040178 W. W. Norton
Jared Diamond Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies†††† [Pulitzer Prize winner] 1999 0393317552 W. W. Norton
  Energy If you don't know the laws of the universe, you're going to believe whoever says what you want to hear in the most compelling language.To get up to speed, go to any bookstore, and depending on whether you're an Idiot or a Dummy, there are all sorts of basic guides to Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, etc]†† Meanwhile, start with:      
Don Lancaster Introduction to Energy Fundamentalswww.tinaja.com/glib/energfun.pdf
M.Simpson & J.Kay Availability, Exergy, the Second Law and all that...††††† www.fes.uwaterloo.ca/u/jjkay/pubs/exergy/
  Why there's not a technical fix      
  Other sources of energy cannot deliver sufficient surpluses to replace the potent portable energy we know as gasoline and diesel. It is not generally understood that poorer quality energy sources can be critically dependant upon oil for their extraction, processing and distribution. In other words, oil is the precursor for other sources of energy; gas, coal, nuclear, solar, hydro, because these require oil fuel to create and maintain infrastructure. It also gives them the illusion of being "profitable".†† http://www.unknownnews.net/040712a-fm.html      
  Fusion A very important article from SCIENCE. Hydrogen, solar, wind, and other alternatives are also discussed.The conclusion: fusion is our only hope to avoid Global Warming and keep western civilization going.††      
Martin Hoffert, et al Advanced Technology Paths to Global Climate Stability: Energy for a Greenhouse Planet ††http://fire.pppl.gov/science_adv_energy_103102.pdf www.sciencemag.org†††† SCIENCE†† VOL 298†† 1 November 2002
  Hydrogen.      
Joseph J. Romm Hype About Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate 2004 155963703X Island Press
U.Bossel & B.Eliasson Energy and the Hydrogen Economy www.methanol.org/pdfFrame.cfm?pdf=HydrogenEconomyReport2003.pdf
Wade Amos Costs of Storing & Transporting Hydrogen†††† www.eere.energy.gov/hydrogenandfuelcells/pdfs/25106.pdf
Amory Lovins Twenty Hydrogen Myths††††† http://www.rmi.org/images/other/E-20HydrogenMyths.pdf
John R Wilson Twenty Hydrogen Myths Challenged†† http://www.evworld.com/library/20MythsChallenged_Wilson.rtf
Don Lancaster The Hydrogen Scene: It's a Gas www.tinaja.com/glib/resbn88.pdf
Don Lancaster Tech Musings (page 1) www.tinaja.com/glib/muse151.pdf
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Safety ††††www.ott.doe.gov/otu/field_ops/pdfs/fcm06r0.pdf
  Biomass, Hydro, Wind, Solar, Thermal, and Photovoltaic Power      
Howard Hayden†† The Solar Fraud: Why Solar Energy Won't Run the World†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2002 0971484503 Vales Lake
Ted Trainer Renewable Energy: What Are the Limits? http://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/tsw/D74.RENEWABLE-ENERGY.html
  Ethanol & Biomass††† There isn't enough land to both feed people and produce vegetable oil or ethanol      
Tad W.Patzek Ethanol from Corn: Clean Renewable Fuel for the Future, or Drain on Our Resources and Pockets? www.wcpn.org/news/2003/07-09/images/ethanol/EthanolFromCorn.pdf
David Pimental Energy and Dollar costs of Ethanol Production with corn hubbert.mines.edu/news/v98n2/mkh-new7.html
  Wind      
Andrew Ferguson www.optimumpopulation.org/select energy on the left, select "OPT Research: Wind and Biomass" in the text, select "Wind Biomass energy capture" from the April 2003 issue
Pacific NW National Laboratory Wind Energy Resource Atlas of the United States Where the wind blows, how strong, and when: many regions are not suitable for wind production††††††††††††††††††† rredc.nrel.gov/wind/pubs/atlas/atlas_index.html
  Nuclear      
Richard Wolfson Nuclear Choices: A Citizen's Guide to Nuclear Technology 1993 0262731088 MIT Press
  Net Energy: If it takes more energy to create or extract a source of energy than you get out if it, it's an energy sink.      
Howard T Odum††††† 1) Environment, power, and society††† 2) Systems Ecology, Energy Basis for Man & Nature††
David Pimental 1) Food, energy, and society†† 2) Food and Energy Resources††
  Middle East†††††††††††† How much longer will this region, with the majority of the remaining oil, remain stable?      
Robert Baer Sleeping With the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude 2004 1400052688 Three Rivers Press
Ahmed Rashid Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia 2000 B0000DK3W8 Yale University Press
Dilip Hiro Iraq: In the Eye of the Storm 2002 1560254777 Thunder's Mouth Press
David Pryce-Jones The Closed Circle: An Interpretation of the Arabs 2002 1566634407 Ivan R. Dee
  Population††††††††††      
Virginia Abernethy Population Politics: The Choices That Shape Our Future 2000 765806037 Insight Books
Roy Beck & Leon Kolankiewicz The Environmental Movementís Retreat From Advocating U.S. Population Stabilization (1970-1998). The years surrounding 1970 marked the coming of age of the modern environmental movement.As that movement approaches its fourth decade, perhaps the most striking change is the virtual abandonment by national environmental groups of U.S. population stabilization as an actively pursued goal.†† www.population.org.au/pressrm/pub/RetreatfromStabilization.pdf
Garrett Hardin 3 books:The Ostrich Factor: Our Population Myopia, The Immigration Dilemma: Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons, Stalking the Wild Taboo Oxford University Press
Bill McKibben A Special Moment in History†† www.theatlantic.com/issues/98may/special1.htm
All links at: www.mnforsustain.org/table_of_contents.htm†† especially those by William Catton about Malthus
Thomas Homer-Dixon Environment, Scarcity, and Violence 2001 0691089795 Princeton University Press
  Evolutionary Psychology & Biology      
Robert Wright The Moral Animal: Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life 1995 679763996 Peter Smith
Matt Ridley The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation 1997 0670874493 Viking
Judith Harris The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do 1998 0684844095 Free Press
Geoffrey Miller The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature 2000 0385495161 Doubleday
David Barash Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People 2001 038549517X Anchor Books/Doubleday
Sarah Hrdy Mother Nature.A history of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection 1999 0679442650†† Pantheon Books
Steven Pinker How the Mind Works 1999 0393318486 W. W. Norton
  Violence      
Lawrence Keeley War before Civilization: The Myth of the Peaceful Savage 1997 195119126 Oxford University Press
Philip Gourevitch We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda 1999 0312243359 Picador USA
Daniel Goldhagen Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans & the Holocaust 1997 0679772685 Vintage Books
Wrangham & Peterson Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence 1997 0395877431 Mariner Books
Michael Ghiglieri The Dark Side of Man: Tracing the Origins of Male Violence 2000 0738203157 Perseus Publishing
Richard Rhodes Why They Kill: The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist 2000 0375702482 Vintage Books
  Science      
Brian Greene The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, & the Quest for the Ultimate Theory 2001 0613250028 Sagebrush Education Resources
Stephen Hawking A Brief History of Time 1988 055305340X Bantam
Laurie Garrett The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance 1995 0140250913 Penguin Books
  BioInvasion & BioDiversity††††††††††††††††††††††††††      
Chris Bright Life out of Bounds: BioInvasion in a Borderless World 1998 0393318141 W. W. Norton
Michael Novacek, et al The Biodiversity Crisis: Losing What Counts††††††† 2001 1565845706 New Press
  Global Warming      
Spencer R. Weart The Discovery of Global Warming 2003 0674011570 Harvard University Press
  Critical Thinking      
Nicholas Capaldi The Art of Deception: An Introduction to Critical Thinking. How to Win an Argument, Defend a Case, Ö. 1987 0879754249 Prometheus Books
Robert Cialdini Influence: The Art of Persuasion 1998 0688128165 Perennial Currents
Carl Sagan The Demon-Haunted World:Science as a Candle in the Dark 1996 039453512X Random House
Michael Shermer Why People Believe Weird Things. Pseudoscience, superstition and other confusions 1997 0716730901 W.H. Freeman & Company
  Evolution      
Charles Darwin On the Origin of Species & The Descent of Man††
Jonathan Weiner The Beak Of The Finch: A Story Of Evolution In Our Time[Pulitzer Prize winner] 1994 0679400036 Alfred A. Knopf
Carl Zimmer Parasite Rex. Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures 2000 0684856387 Free Press
  Putting it All Together      
Edward O. Wilson Consilience.The Unity of Knowledge 1998 0786216077 Thorndike Press
  Industrial Agriculture      
Eric Schlosser Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal 2002 0060938455 Perennial††
Steven Stoll The Fruits of Natural Advantage: Making the Industrial Countryside in California 1998 520211723 University of California Press
Kimbrell (editor) Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture†† 2002 1559639415 Foundation for Deep Ecology
Richard C. Fluck Agricultural Energetics 1996 0870553461 A V I Publishing Company
  Water†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† groups.yahoo.com/group/waterforum/      
Robert Glennon Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping & the Fate of America's Fresh Waters 2004 1559634006 Island Press
Jeffrey F. Mount California Rivers & Streams. The Conflict between Fluvial Process & Land Use 1995 0520202503 University of California Press
Sandra Postel Pillar of Sand, Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? 1999 0393319377 W. W. Norton
  Natural History      
Carl Safina Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival 2003 0805062297 Owl Books
Barry Lopez Of Wolves and Men 1979 0684163225 Scribner
Holldobler & Wilson Journey to the Ants 1995 0674485262 Belknap Press
  Rolling Back the Clock††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Who knows how far back civilization will go?      
Steven Vogel Prime Mover: A Natural History of Muscle 2003 039332463X W. W. Norton
JoannaStratton Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier 1981 0671226118 Simon & Schuster
Richard White It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own.A New History of the American West.†† 1993 0806125675 University of Oklahoma Press
Stephen Ambrose Undaunted Courage.Merriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West 1997 0684826976 Simon & Schuster
Robert Massie Peter the Great: His Life and World 1996 0345336194 Ballantine
Barbara Tuchman Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century 1979 0345349571 Ballantine
Jean Gimpel Medieval Machine: The Industrial Revolution of the Middle Ages 1977 0140045147 Penguin Books
George Huppert After the Black Death: A Social History of Early Modern Europe 1998 0253211808 Indiana University Press
  How Rich Nations Steal From Poor Nations      
Susan George Faith and Credit: The World Bank's Secular Empire 1994 0813326087 Perseus Books
  Fire      
Stephen J. Pyne Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire 1997 029597592X University of Washington Press
Stephen J. Pyne Burning Bush, A Fire History of Australia 1991 0805014721 Henry Holt & Co
Murry Taylor Jumping Fire.A Smoke Jumper's memoir of fighting wildfire 2001 0156013975 Harvest Books
  Inventing a New Society†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What worked, what failed, and why?      
Mark Holloway Utopian Communities in America, 1680-1880 1966 0486215938 Dover Publications
Robert Hine California's Utopian Colonies 1983 0520048857 University of California Press
Donald E. Pitzer America's Communal Utopias 1997 0807846090 University of North Carolina Press
Helena Norberg-Hodge Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh
  Sustainability†††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††      
B. C. Mollison Permaculture: A Designers' Manual 1997 0908228015 Tagari Publications
Ted Trainer The Alternative, Sustainable Society; the Simpler Wayhttp://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/tsw/12b-The-Alt-Sust-Soc-Lng.html
Howard T. Odum The Prosperous Way Down: Principles and Policies 2001 0870816101 University Press of Colorado
  Trashing the Planet      
Theo Colborn Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? A Scientific Detective Story 1996 0525939822 Penguin Books
Thomas Hayden Trashing the Oceans†† http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Ocean/Trashing-Oceans-Plastic4nov02.htm
W.Rathje & C.Murphy Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage. What our garbage tells us about ourselves 2001 0816521433 University of Arizona Press
WorldWatch Institute State of the World 2004
  Higher Education in America      
Murray Sperber Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Is Crippling Undergraduate Education 2001 0805068112 Owl Books
  Fun†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† To counteract depression from above      
Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series 1995 0345391802 Ballantine
Cyra McFadden The Serial: A year in the life of Marin County 1997 0394733614 Random House
Tony Horwitz Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War 1998 0679439781 Pantheon Books
Barbara Kipfer 14,000 Things to Be Happy about 1990 0894803700 Workman Publishing
Lawrence Weschler Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, & Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology 1996 0679764895 Vintage Books
  Armchair Travel      
Bruce Chatwin The Songlines 1998 0140094296 Penguin Books
Thurston Clarke Equator: A Journey Around the World 1988 0688069010 Harper Collins
Fred Hatfield North of the Sun: A Memoir of the Alaskan Wilderness 1990 1559720433 Carol Publishing
Joe Kane Savages 1996 0679740198 Vintage Books
John Muir The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures 1994 0939666758 Yosemite Association
H. Norberg-Hodge Ancient Futures: Learning From Ladakh 1992 0871566435 Sierra Club Books
Delia & Mark Owens Cry of the Kalahari, Seven Years in Africa's Last Great Wilderness 1992 0395647800 Mariner Books
You'll be glad you stayed home:
Redmond O'Hanlon No Mercy: A Journey Into the Heart of the Congo 1998 0679737324 Vintage Books
Robert D. Kaplan The Ends of the Earth: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy 1997 0679751238 Vintage Books
  Interesting      
Anthony Bourdain Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly 2001 0553528521 Random House
Ted Conover Rolling Nowhere: Riding the rails with America's Hoboes 2001 0375727868 Vintage Books
T.M. Hawley Against the Fires of Hell: The Environmental Disaster of the Gulf War 1997 5553408881 World Publications
Jim Hogshire You Are Going to Prison (more than you want to know. The perfect gift for anyone going to jail) 1994 1893626229 Breakout Productions
Robert Hughes The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding 1988 0394753666 Vintage Books
Virginia Jenkins The Lawn: A History of an American Obsession 1994 1560984066 Smithsonian Books
David Kimbrough Taking Up Serpents: Snake Handlers of Eastern Kentucky 1995 0807822272 University of North Carolina Press
Dorinne Kondo Crafting Selves: Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace 1990 0226450449 University of Chicago Press
James Kunstler Geography of Nowhere: The Rise And Declineof America'S Man-Made Landscape 1994 0671888250 Free Press
A.R.LuriaL.Solotaroff The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book About a Vast Memory 1968 0465046150 Perseus Book Group
John McPhee Basin and Range, Coming Into the Country, The Control of Nature, etc.
R.P.Multhauf Neptune's Gift:A History of Common Salt 1978 0801819555 Johns Hopkins University Press
Michael Pollan The Botany of Desire: A Plants-eye View of the World 2002 0375760393 Random House
Luigi Serafini Codex seraphinianus 1985 0517475146 Random House
Rebecca Solnit Wanderlust: A History of Walking 2001 0140286012 Dimensions
Jennifer Toth Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City 1993 1556521901 Chicago Review Press
Tom Wolfe The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Painted Word, The Right Stuff, etc.
  Fiction      
Isaac Asimov The Foundation series
David Duncan The River Why
William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury
Ursula Le Guin Left Hand of Darkness
Norman Maclean A River Runs Through It
Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude
Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye
Thomas Pynchon Gravity's Rainbow
Tom Robbins Jitterbug Perfume, Another Roadside Attraction
Kim S. Robinson Red, Green, and Blue Mars
Shakespeare Hamlet, etc.
Wallace Stegner Angle of Repose
Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club
J.R.R.Tolkien The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Leo Tolstoy War And Peace
Mark Twain Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven, Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi, etc.,
Kurt Vonnegut Sirens of Titan, Slaughterhouse Five, etc.
Tom Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities
Poetry†† The best poems are the ones read aloud at local cafes where you have a chance to visit the innermost worlds of the people who wrote them.Otherwise randomly pull books down from the poetry section to find poets you might like.      
To order the above try:abebooks.com†† amazon.com†† bookfinder.com†† TheSocialContract.com