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What We Are Reading

May 4, 2010

Below is a list of books that we have read in the past month. The comments are not a review of the books, instead sort of an endorsement of ideas and investigations that can provide solid analysis and even inspiration in the struggle for change. All these books are available at The Bloom Collective, so check them out and stimulate your mind.

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity, by James Hansen – The lead NASA climate scientist provides a clear argument why global warming is the most critical issue of our day. Hansen also provides an excellent history of the struggle to make global warming an issue that the government and the public could no longer ignore. Great analysis and solid scientific data that provides climate justice advocates with a valuable resource.

Terrorism and the Economy: How the War on Terror is Bankrupting the World, by Loretta Napoleoni – This is Napoleoni’s third book on the economics of terrorism and it might be her best so far. The author traces the historical link between the economic component of the war on terror and the global economic crisis of the past two years. Napoleoni argues that the Patriot Act boosted the black market economy, and the war on terror prompted a rise in oil prices that led to food riots and distracted governments from the trillion-dollar machinations of Wall Street.

Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers, by Ishmael Reed – With all the talk about the US being in a post racial society with the election of Barack Obama, Reed’s latest book demonstrates how ridiculous such a claim is. This collection of essays looks at both the entrenched racism in the media during 2008 election and the lack of any serious discourse on racism since Obama has occupied the White House.

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, by Bill McKibben – McKibben’s latest book provides ample evidence that the planet has been significantly altered because of human activity, which is why the author calls it Eaarth. This sobering analysis is a clarion call to racially alter how we function in the world today. McKibben makes a compelling argument for why we must challenge a profit-based system and create a way of living based on cooperation and simplicity.

Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution, by Heather Rogers – This book is an important antidote to the latest manifestation of capitalism – green capitalism. Rogers dissects the false claims of numerous aspects of green capitalism, such as food, fuel-efficient cars, bio-fuels, energy efficient buildings, and carbon off-sets. This is the best book to date if you are looking to dismantle green capitalism and its supporters.

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