Category “Erudition”

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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Hiding in Plain Sight

Sarah Kendzior (2020)

There are surprisingly few rigorous summaries of Trump’s rise to Powah. This is one of them.

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Cry of the Kalahari

Mark & Dalia Owens (1984)

Brim full of nostalgia.

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It’s Never Too Late To Give Up

Sante Poromaa (2019)

I liked the beginning.

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The Descent of Man

Grayson Perry (2016)

Love it.

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The Death of Truth

Michiko Kakutani (2018)

There’s a lot of choice out there when it comes to books dealing with the ‘post-Truth’ era (which is to say, the present one). This particular one ranks right up there, along with Snyder, Holmes and Krastev.

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The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier

Ian Urbina (2019)

Great book. Everyone should read it!

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The Light That Failed: Why the West Is Losing the Fight for Democracy

Stephen Holmes & Ivan Krastev (2020)

One the most rigorous and coherent cases for why & how the current anti-liberal backlash started and endures.  Quite repetitive but worth it.

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One River

Wade Davis (1996)

Mesmerizing, but also shocking for its utter disregard of the responsibility ethnobotanists have for having ‘globalised’ indigenous cultures & plants.

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The Courage of Hopelessness

Slavoj Zizek (2017)

The first book of Zizek’s that I was able to grasp, and read end-to-end.  Loved it.  Hope to read all his major works now.

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