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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism by Jeremy Rifkin
The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

Marci San Francisco, November 14, 2014

This is the most hopeful book about the future of our world that I have encountered this year.
Rifkin consistently manages to pull together useful (and mainly hopeful) threads of information from throughout the world in support of his projection toward a zero marginal cost society. And in the course of doing so he manages to make it accessible to readers who are not professionally trained as economists or societal historians. Better yet, his writing is so engaging that one wants to read this very dense, very full treatise on exactly the words in the subtitle: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism. Whether or not one agrees with his conclusions, it is impossible not to be excited by the information presented and by the vision that propels it. After reading a library copy, I have ordered it as I know I will want to consult its wealth of information into the future, and I want to mark it up for reference. It is impossible to read this book without learning a great deal in a most engaging way. Would be great for a serious book group.
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Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Marci San Francisco, November 14, 2014

This book is a punch in the gut. I just finished reading it and it is swirling in my mind. It is so spare, and so unsparing, that it is difficult to characterize. No spoilers here, but I could not wait for it to end and at the same time I dreaded the ending. In about 200 short pages Eggers stirs all the emotions in the most unique way I have experienced in novel form. It was impossible for me not to feel empathy for the unnamed protagonist even as he acted indefensively. And it was impossible for me not to feel empathy for some of his captives and to hope for their deliverance. The dialogue about SWAT teams was excruciatingly powerful and provocative.We are all flawed, and so of course our society is flawed as well. Eggers' book raises deep questions worth broad discussion and soul-searching efforts to deal more honestly with the culture we have collectively created. Read it.
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Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Marci San Francisco, November 14, 2014

This book is a punch in the gut. I just finished reading it and it is swirling in my mind. It is so spare, and so unsparing, that it is difficult to characterize. No spoilers here, but I could not wait for it to end and at the same time I dreaded the ending. In about 200 short pages Eggers stirs all the emotions in the most unique way I have experienced in novel form. It was impossible for me not to feel empathy for the unnamed protagonist even as he acted indefensively. And it was impossible for me not to feel empathy for some of his captives and to hope for their deliverance. The dialogue about SWAT teams was excruciatingly powerful and provocative.We are all flawed, and so of course our society is flawed as well. Eggers' book raises deep questions worth broad discussion and soul-searching efforts to deal more honestly with the culture we have collectively created. Read it.
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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Marci San Francisco, November 7, 2013

Read this book. Read it if you already doubt the nature of American foreign policy in Asia. Read it especially if you cannot fathom why anyone would question the rightness of American foreign policy in Asia. Read it if you just want a fascinating read. Wonderful writing: articulate, intriguing, suspenseful. And amazingly brief for the punch it delivers.
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The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions by Marwan Bishara
The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions

Marci San Francisco, September 18, 2012

I stumbled upon this book in the "new non-fiction books" section of a library in a city other than my own, and the title intrigued me. Marwan Bishwara was not a familiar name to me, but the title, and the credentials of the author, led me to take the book with me. I am so glad I did. Whether or not one agrees with the author, his voice needs to be heard. My ignorance of the history of the Arab nations and their histories is unfortunately not unique among my contemporaries and Americans in general. Bishwara provides an excellent brief history of the Arab countries counted among those which experienced the "Arab Spring". He also provides a recommended reading list for those of us wanting more detail. He spares no one in his critiques: the post-colonialist demagogues who betrayed their subjects are skewered as well as the (we) Americans who supported them, ignoring the oppression of their subjects, until it was obvious that the winds were blowing in a different direction. His open admiration for the youth who risked and gave their lives to change the direction of their countries is, frankly, thrilling. He is convincing in his belief that there is no going back, that the break is permanent, however uncertain the future may be. Highly recommended.
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