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JMG has commented on (4) products.

Last Well Person: How to Stay Well Despite the Health-Care System by Nortin M Hadler
Last Well Person: How to Stay Well Despite the Health-Care System

JMG, August 21, 2010

This is probably the most important book on medicine and health care for a general audience in the last 20 if not 50 years. This is intellectual armor for anyone who reads the newspapers or listens to news stories about this or that wonder drug or promising study. Everybody who relies on the medical-industrial complex in America can benefit from Hadler's critical eye and habits of inquiring into the reality behind the medical hype. My copy is all marked up with highlights and margin notes, it's that good.
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The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth by Dianne Dumanoski
The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth

JMG, May 19, 2010

This is the kind of excruciatingly good books that you can't stop reading and you can't read too much at once because it's so depressing. She's quite gifted - in the course of trying to explain one thing she'll discuss some necessary prerequisite material and it will be the best you ever read (such as explaining how James Lovelock came up with the Gaia hypothesis, or what Darwin's real contribution was).

Top notch.
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Crossing the Rubicon: 9/11 and the Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil by Michael Ruppert
Crossing the Rubicon: 9/11 and the Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil

JMG, September 14, 2006

I can't rate this book because my library refuses to add it to the catalog, which is very odd. I recommend probably 50-100 books a year to the library for purchase (part of my effort to kick my book-buying jones and live more sustainably by promoting libraries). Almost every book I recommend, they buy. In fact, I have had exactly two books rejected. One was because it was more of a pamphlet. The other was "Crossing the Rubicon," which a number of friends have read and raved about. When I told one friend of this, his comment was "They probably don't want any more FBI visits than they already get, and the FBI would definitely be looking for the names of people who check out this book."

So I may have to buy a copy and I can amend this review; meanwhile, the hearsay review is that this is a very important book on a very ugly subject--how our addiction to oil gets us into geopolitical trouble.
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McElhaney's Litigation by James W. Mcelhaney
McElhaney's Litigation

JMG, September 14, 2006

If, like most lawyers today, you do not have a trusted older colleague who will take you to a bar and tell you stories about wins and losses and the reasons for them, this is probably the best available substitute. McElhaney, Boswell to the made-up "Angus," the seasoned, all-knowing litigation pro, beguiles you into reading story after story, managing to turn what could be a grim slog through powerpoint-ish "tips for litigators" into a pleasurable grad school in litigation.

Humans evolved and advanced by transmitting knowledge in the form of stories. McElhaney continues the tradition admirably.
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