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The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

rodamu, January 1, 2013

A fascinating book that starts with the story of how scientists studying finches over several years on a Galapagos island show how the birds change to meet challenges to their survival and then broadens to show how other living organisms, from virus to fish also are changing. Their adaptations show evolution in action. Weiner is easy to read and held my interest while documenting science in action and the extreme importance of ecology and evolution to our civilization. Why didn't I realize that bacteria changing to resist antibiotics are "evolving;" as are the cotton destroying pests in the southern states where so many people reject evolution because it doesn't fit their interpretation of the Bible?
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The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin
The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

rodamu, January 1, 2012

Yergin give a riveting history of the energy industry with emphasis on oil that explains many economic events and major political causes and effects over the past two centuries on a scale ranging from the collapse of the USSR to little Georgie Bush's 2001 war on Iraq. This is a big book but it is so well organized that it can be read in sections at time. This is the best and most practical history book of the this century. Yergin takes an objective approach that will educate even the most conservative or liberal mind that is open to new facts.
Discover how in the 1980s the collapse of the real estate market in Southeast Asia led to high prices for oil in the US.
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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
State of Wonder

rodamu, September 1, 2011

Patchett's latest book is a complex of character studies, adventure, culture clashes and ethics that holds the readers interest in a vice-like grip. Competing very closely for best book is "Turn of Mind" by LaPlante. An absorbing novel of loss of memory mixed with a murder mystery.
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The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
The Lonely Polygamist

rodamu, January 1, 2011

A completely fascinating and seemingly realistic account of a man trying to manage four wives and their children whiling dealing with other personal and business problems. The efforts of the family to maintain their relationships internally and with the surrounding community are very revealing.
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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

rodamu, January 14, 2010

Perkins's description of the economic empire the United States has tried to build in the last half of the 20th Century goes a long way to explain the seeds of the current "Terrorism War" that we are engaged in. Without understanding our past and present empire building behavior and changing it, we are doomed to faced increased hostility and attacks from the underdeveloped nations that the US has been exploiting.
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