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RECOMMENDED BOOKS - updated 11 July 2017

Some books are included under more than one category


INDEX


Introduction - Bibliographies

Appropriate Design & Technology
Climate Change Science
Consumption
Corporations
Critical Thinking
Dynamic Simulation Modelling
Ecology
Economic - Critiques
Economics - General
Economics - History
Economics - Environmental
Energy Production - General
Energy Production - Non-Renewables
Energy Production - Renewables
Energy Production - Nuclear
Environment
Ethics & Equity
Food Production
Globalisation
History
Law
Limits to Growth
Money
New Zealand Specific
Organisations
Politics
Pollution
Population
Resources
Science Methodology
Sharing the Commons
Steady State/Ecological Economics
Sustainability - General
Sustainability - Policy
Transition to a Sustainable future



Introduction - Bibliographies - updated 28 June 2017

In this section I have provided a list of recommended books under various categories. Some books are listed under more than one category.

For those who wish to investigate issues of sustainability in more depth and detail, I have provided two bibliographies for download.

I kept an up-to-date bibliography of publications in a Microsoft Access database from 1990 when I enrolled in a PHD until 2005 when I left academia to return to the private sector, My apologies that some later records entered by an over-enthusiastic research assistant are in “shouting” UPPERCASE. An entry of “Private” in the “Library” field means that I have a hardcopy of that publication in my filing cabinets or I own that book. An entry in the “Class” field provides the catalogue number of the publication stored at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, library.

The Microsoft Access bibliography can be downloaded here

In October 2015 I started to enter the titles of books into Scrivener, a manuscript management software. I have exported the content of this bibliography as a zipped file of folders by category in RTF format.

The bibliography of additional books by category exported from Scrivener can be downloaded here

As the years rolled by I started to collect more and more publications in PDF format. I haven’t entered these publications into a database because I use search engines to find publications by filename and content. I use a shortened title for each publication using the most descriptive part of the full title, name of only one author which is not necessarily the first author listed, and the date of the publication.

I use Search Everything and Looken index based search engines which carry out a search using a single word or group of words within part of a filename. Wildcards can also be used. Looken not only lists files which include the search word within a filename, but also files which include the search word within the content of the file, but not necessarily within the filename.

I also use DocFetcher which is a much more sophisticated index based search engine. Complex multiple words or phrase searches can be carried out using a rich search syntax. Features of DocFetcher include wildcards, fuzzy searches, searches based on proximity, and custom weighted words. Docfetcher lists the number of times the search word or phrase occurs in each file and provides the full title of a publication in a list if the publication has an appropriate format. The pages of a selected file is displayed in a simplified text format with the search word or phrase highlighted. The subsequent occurrence of each can be navigated to at the press of an icon. Listed files can also be read using a nominated PDF reader if so desired.

At my last count I have over 3,000 research publications in PDF format stored on my desktop, synchronised, and archive hard drives. To provide a listing of these files would be pointless because a listing of filenames only does not constitute a bibliography.



Appropriate Design & Technology - updated 11 July 2017

'Appropriate Technology Sourcebook' - Amazon.com link here

'Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change' by Victor Papanek, 1984 - Amazon.com link here

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Climate Change Science - updated 4 May 2017

‘Global Warming: The Hard Science’ by L.D. Danny Harvey, 2000 - Amazon.com link here



Consumption - updated 4 May 2017

'The Logic of Sufficiency' by Thomas Princen, 2005 - Amazon.com link here



Corporations - updated 4 May 2017

‘The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power’ by Joel Bakan, 2005 - Amazon.com link here

‘When Corporations Rule The World’ by David Korten, 2015 - Amazon.com link here



Critical Thinking - updated 29 June 2017

'Becoming a Critical Thinker - A Guide for the New Millennium' by Robert Todd Carroll - Amazon.com link here

'The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and ConspiraciesHow We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truth'  by Michael Shermer, 2012 - Amazon.com link here

'The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion' by Jonathan Haidt, 2012 - Amazon.com link here

'The Thinker's Guide to Analytic Thinking: How to Take Thinking Apart and What to Look for When You Do' by Linda Elder and Richard Paul, 2012 - Amazon.com link here



Dynamic Simulation Modelling - updated 4 May 2017

‘Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World’ by John D. Sterman, 2000 - Amazon.com link here

‘Ecological and General Systems: An Introduction to Systems Ecology’ by Howard T. Odum, 1994 revised edition - Amazon.com link here

‘Systems and Models: Complexity, Dynamics, Evolution, Sustainability’ by Hartmut Bossel, 2007 - Amazon.com link here



Ecology - updated 4 May 2017

'A Critique For Ecology' by Robert Henry Peters, 1991 - Amazon.com link here




Economic - Critiques - updated 4 May 2017

‘Debunking Economics - Revised, Expanded and Integrated Edition: The Naked Emperor Dethroned?’ By Steve Keen, 2012 Kindle edition - Amazon.com link here

'Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions' by Dan Ariely, 2008 - Amazon.com link here

'Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer' By Dean Baker, 2016 - Amazon.com link here

‘The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible?’ by Robert Ayres, 2014 - Amazon.com link here

'This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate' by Naomi Klein, 2014 - Amazon.com link here

‘Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us’ by John Quiggan, 2012 - Amazon.com link here



Economics - General - updated 23 June 2017

‘Guide to Economic Indicators: Making Sense of Economics’ by The Economist, 2010 - Amazon.com link here




Economics - History - updated 23 June 2017

'A Brief History of Neoliberalism' by David Harvey, 2005 - Amazon.com link here

‘A History of Economic Theory and Method’ by Robert B. Ekelund Jr. And Robert F Hebert, 2013 6th edition - Amazon.com link here

‘Theorists of Economic Growth from David Hume to the Present: With a Perspective on the Next Century’ by W.W. Rostow, 1990 - Amazon.com link here



Economics - Environmental - updated 4 March 2017

‘Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment’ by David Pearce and R. Kerry Turner, 1990 - Amazon.com link here

‘Environmental and Natural Resources Economics’ by Tom Tietenberg, 9th Edition 2014 - Amazon.com link here

‘Environmental Economics: In Theory and Practice’ by Nick Hanley, Jason Shogren, and Ben White, 1997 - Amazon.com link here



Energy Production - General - updated 23 June 2017

'Winning the Oil Endgame: Innovation for Profits, Jobs, and Security' by Amory Lovins and E. Kyle Datta, Odd-Even Bustnes, Jonathon Koomey, and Nathan Glasgow, 2005 - Amazon.com link here



Energy Production - Non-Renewables - updated 4 March 2017

‘The End of Oil: The Decline of the Petroleum Economy and the Rise of a New Energy Order’ by Paul Roberts, 2004 - Amazon.com link here



Energy Production - Renewables - updated 4 May 2017

‘The Solar Century: The Past, Present and World -Changing Future of Solar Energy’ edited by Jeremy Leggett, 2009 - Amazon.com link here

‘The Solar Economy: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future' by Herman Scheer, 2002 - Amazon.com link here



Energy Production - Nuclear - updated 4 May 2017

'Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment' by Alexey Yablokov, Vassily Nesterenko, and Alexey Nesterenko, 2009 - Amazon.com link here



Environment - updated 23 June 2017

‘Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment’ by Paul R. Ehrlich, Anne H. Ehrlich, and John P. Holdren, 1977. An early classic which is still highly relevant. Amazon.com link here

The Global Casino: An Introduction to Environmental Issues 5th Edition, by Nick Middleton, 5th edition 2013 - Amazon.com link here



Ethics & Equity - updated 29 June 2017

‘A Theory of Justice’ by John Rawls, 1971, revised edition 1990 - Amazon.com link here

‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ by Thomas Piketty, 2014 - Amazon.com link here

‘Inside Job: The Financiers Who Pulled Off the Heist of the Century’ by Charles Ferguson, 2012 - Amazon.com link here

'Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership' by Andro Linklater, 2015 - Amazon.com link here

'Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order' by Noam Chomsky, 1999 - Amazon.com link here

‘The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power’ by Joel Bakan, 2005 - Amazon.com link here

'The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century' by Walter Schiedel, 2017 - Amazon.com link here

'The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People' by Michael Shermer, 2015 - Amazon.com link here

'The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future' by Joseph Stiglitz, 2012 - Amazon.com link here

'The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger' by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, 2009 - Amazon.com link

‘War is a Racket’ by General Smedley D. Butler, 2014 - Amazon.com link here

‘When Corporations Rule The World’ by David Korten, 2015 - Amazon.com link here



Food Production - updated 4 May 2017

'How to Grow More Vegetables (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops' by John Jeavons, 2012 8th edition - Amazon.com link here

‘Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems (Community Resilience Guides)’ by Philip Ackerman-Leist, 2013 - Amazon.com link here

‘The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land’ by Curtis Stone, 2016 - Amazon.com link here




Globalisation - updated 4 May 2017

'Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer' By Dean Baker, 2016 - Amazon.com link here



History - updated 23 June 2017

‘Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive’ by Jared Diamond, 2005 - Amazon.com link here

‘Ekistics: An Introduction to the Science of Human Settlement’ by Constantinos A. Doxiadis, 1968. - Provides an excellent taxonomic system and history of the development of human settlements, but has a fatally flawed vision of a global Ecumenopolis - Amazon.com link here  

'Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership' by Andro Linklater, 2015 - Amazon.com link here



Law - updated 4 May 2017

The Illusion of Progress: Unsustainable Development in International Law and Policy’ by Alexander Gillespie, 2001 - Amazon.com link here



Limits to Growth - updated 4 May 2017

‘The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible?’ by Robert Ayres, 2014 - Amazon.com link here



Money - updated 23 June 2017

‘Debt: The First 5,000 Years’ by David Graeber, 2011 - Amazon.com link here

‘Inside Job: The Financiers Who Pulled Off the Heist of the Century’ by Charles Ferguson, 2012 - Amazon.com link here

'Finance and the Good Society' by Robert Shiller, 2012 - Amazon.com link here

‘Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy' by Michael Hudson, 2015 - Amazon.com link here

'Money and Power; How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World' by William Cohan,  2011 - Amazon.com link here

‘The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World’ by Niall Ferguson, 2008 - Amazon.com link here

The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Means' by George Soros - Amazon.com link here

‘Where Does Money Come From?: A Guide to the UK Monetary and Banking System’ by Josh Ryan-Collins, Tony Greenham, Richard Werner, and Andrew Jackson, 2nd Edition 2012 - Amazon.com link here



New Zealand Specific - updated 12 June 2017

‘The FIRE Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning’ by Jane Kelsey, 2015 - Amazon.com link here

‘Wealth and New Zealand’ by Max Rashbrooke, 2015 - Amazon.com link here



Organisations - updated 4 May 2017

'Reinventing Organizations: The Emergence of a New Management Paradigm' - Frederic Laloux - Link here



Politics - updated 23 June 2017

'Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership' by Andro Linklater, 2015 - Amazon.com link here

'The Winning of the Carbon War: Power and Politics on the Front Lines of Climate and Clean Energy', by Jeremy Leggett, 2015 - Amazon.com link here

‘War is a Racket’ by General Smedley D. Butler, 2014 - Amazon.com link here

‘When Corporations Rule The World’ by David Korten, 2015 - Amazon.com link here



Pollution - updated 4 March 2017

‘Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival - A Scientific Detective Story’ by Theo Colburn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers, 1996 - Amazon.com link here



Population - updated 4 May 2017

'How Many People Can the Earth Support?' by Joel E. Cohen, 1996 - Amazon.com link here



Resources - updated 5 May 2017

‘Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment’ by Paul R. Ehrlich, Anne H. Ehrlich, and John P. Holdren, 1977. An early classic which is still highly relevant. Amazon.com link here



Science Methodology - updated 6 May 2017

‘Tools for Thought’ by C.H. Waddington, 1977 - Amazon.com link here

‘Understanding Scientific Reasoning’ by Ronald N. Giere, John Bickle, and Robert F. Maudlin, 2006 5th edition - Amazon.com link here

‘What is This Thing Called Science?: An Assessment of the Nature and Status of Science and its Methods’ by A.F. Chalmers, 2nd Edition 1990 - Amazon.com link here



Sharing the Commons - updated 4 May 2017

‘Governing the Commons: The Evolution for Collective Action’ by Elinor Ostrom, 2015 - Amazon.com link here



Steady State/Ecological Economics - updated 23 June 2017

'Bioeconomics and Sustainability: Essays in Honor of Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen' edited by Kozo Mayumi and John M. Gowdy,  1999 - Amazon.com link here

‘Economics, Entropy and the Environment: The Extraordinary Economics of Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen’ by T. Randolph Beard and Gabriel A. Lozada, 1999. - Amazon.com link here

‘Ecological Economics: An Introduction’ by Gareth Edward-Jones, Ben Davies, and Salman Hussain, 2000. Amazon.com link here

‘Ecological Economics: An Introduction’ by Michael Common and Sigrid Stagl, 2005. Amazon.com link here

‘Ecological Economics: Concepts and methods’ by Malte Faber, Reiner Manstetten, and John Proops, 1996 - Amazon.com link here

'Ecological Economics, Second Edition: Principles and Applications' by Herman Daly and Joshua Farley, 2010 - Amazon.com link here

'Frontier Issues in Ecological Economics' by Phillip Lawn, 2007 - Amazon.com link here

'The Economics of Nature and the Nature of Economics' edited by Cutler Cleveland, David Stern, and Robert Costanza, 2001 - Amazon.com link here

‘The Economics of Stationary States’ by A.C. Pigou, 1935. The first in depth study of a stationary state economy from a non-ecological perspective. Amazon.com link here  

'The Entropy Law and the Economic Process' by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, 1971 - Amazon.com link here



Sustainability - General -  updated 23 June 2017

'Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels'  by Richard Heinberg, 2015 - Amazon.com link here

‘Energy and Resource Quality: The Ecology of the Economic Process‘ by Charles Hall, Cutler Cleveland, and Robert Kaufmann,  1986 - Amazon.com link here

'Energy & Society (Revised 2010): The Relation Between Energy, Social Change, and Economic Development' by Fred Cottrell, 1955 - Amazon.com link here

'Energy and Structure: A Theory of Social Power' by Richard Newbold Adams, 1975 - Amazon.com link here

'Energy in Nature and Society: General Energetics of Complex Systems' by Vaclav Smil, 2008 - Amazon.com link here

'How Many People Can the Earth Support?' by Joel E. Cohen, 1996 - Amazon.com link here

'Human Ecology: Basic Concepts for Sustainable Development' by Gerald Marten, 2001 - Amazon.com link here

‘Man, Energy, Society’ by Earl Cook, 1976 - Amazon.com link here

'Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet' by Tim Jackson, 2009 - Amazon.com link here

‘State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?’ by World Watch, 2013 - Amazon.com link here

'Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity' by James Hansen, 2009 - Amazon.com link here

'Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution' by Brian Czech, 2013 - Amazon.com link here

'The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy, And Environment' by Chris Martenson, 2011 - Amazon.com link here

'The Logic of Sufficiency' by Thomas Princen, 2005 - Amazon.com link here

‘The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age’ by John Greer, 2008 - Amazon.com link here

‘The Principles of Sustainability’ by Simon Dresner, 2nd edition 2008 (excellent summary) - Amazon.com link here

'The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization’ by  by Homer-Dixon, 2006 - Amazon.com link here

Why Are We Waiting?: The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change (Lionel Robbins Lectures)' by Nicholas Stern, 2015 - Amazon.com link here

'Energy in Nature and Society: General Energetics of Complex Systems' by Vaclav Smil, 2008 - Amazon.com link here



Sustainability - Policy - updated 5 May 2017

‘Sustainability and Policy: Limits to Economics’ by Michael Common, 1995 - Amazon.com link here



Transition to a Sustainable future - updated 10 June 2017

‘A Pattern Language: Towns Buildings Construction’ by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein, 1977 - Amazon.com link here

'Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming' edited by Paul Hawken - Amazon.com link here

Ekistics: An Introduction to the Science of Human Settlement’ by Constantinos A. Doxiadis, 1968. - Provides an excellent taxonomic system and history of the development of human settlements, but has a fatally flawed vision of a global Ecumenopolis - Amazon.com link here  

‘Fleeing Vesuvius: Overcoming the Risks of Economic and Environmental Collapse’ edited by Richard Douthwaite and Gillian Fallon, 2011 - Amazon.com link here

'Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution' by Paul Hawken and L. Hunter Lovins - Amazon.com link here

‘The Transition Timeline: For a Local, Resilient Future’ by Shaun Chamberlain - Amazon.com link here

‘The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilisation’ by Thomas Homer-Dixon, 2006 - Amazon.com link here