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The Shepherd’s Life

James Rebanks (2015)

I don’t know what it is about Brits and nature writing … but they punch above their weight. Instant classic.

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Treasure Islands

Nicholas Shaxson (2011)

I know I write this about a lot of books … but this too is a must-read. For anyone interested in the global flows of finance, not to mention questions around what processes & dynamics keep poor countries poor.

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The Square and the Tower

Niall Ferguson (2017)

Something of a review of major networks in recent history, attempted through the lens of network theory.

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Francis Fukuyama (2019)

Velly velly intellestin.

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Bill McKibben (2019)

There exists a school of thought, out there, that takes the view that everything is basically going great on our 21st Century planet Earth. I’m thinking of the likes of Ray Kurzweill (The Age of Spiritual Machines; The Singularity is Near), Steven Pinker, Rutger Bregman, and a slew of economists of the mainstream bent. Their works are awash in reassuringly upward curving graphs covering everything from average global income through to the processing speeds of a square inch of microprocessor.  (David Hume: farmer shows up every sunrise with chicken food, but one day, he shows up with an axe.  Past performance is no guarantee for future performance).  To all this inductive hogwash Bill McKibben provides a badly needed reality check.  We should consider seriously the possibility that many of our short-term (geologically speaking) gains have been made at the cost of the future.

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The Emperor

Ryszard Kapuściński (1978)

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Down to Earth

Bruno Latour (2018)

I recommend reading this in conjunction with Mao’s essay, ‘On Contradiction’.

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Electricity Supply: The British Experiment

David Porter (2014)

David Porter cover POD 29.7mm_Layout 1 An unashamedly opinionated account of the privatization of the UK energy industry, told from the inside. Highly recommended for market fundamentalists and opponents alike.

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Curriculum Vitae

You can find my curriculum vitae here.

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