The Crash Course is now available in book format.
Many of you are already familiar with Chris Martenson’s “The Crash Course” video and website. Chris now has a book version which joins the small shelf of books I recommend as starting points for understanding our collective future: The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy, And Environment.
Those of you who have seen Chris lecture know he has a very down-to-earth, succinct, data-driven approach to explaining Peak Oil and Peak Everything, and he has brought these same characteristics to the book.
Anyone giving The Crash Course book as a gift this year is going to look very prescient come 2012.
I appreciate that Chris doesn’t claim to have a crystal ball about the future (nobody has one); instead, he offers several plausible scenarios and frames a practical perspective that invites any level of participation: what Chris calls “step zero,” the step before Step One.
I know Chris personally, and while that undoubtedly colours my assessment of the book, I don’t think it the key factor in my recommendation. A job well done, Chris–thank you for putting the Crash Course into book form.
Like many of you, I have read dozens of books on peak oil, the financial mess, etc. etc., and while I have learned valuable things from all of them, I would recommend a handful as especially suitable for those to whom these concepts are new.
The general context of the future:
The nature of risk and markets:
The history and study of societal collapse:
History of capitalism and global trade:
Alternatives to “wealth means owning my own private island and jet”
The latter is my own work, and if I had to characterise what it adds to the mix, I would hazard that it covers the consumerist mindset and speaks directly to the politics of our experience and the role of enterprise and localised political action going forward.
Please review my entire list of books and films if you haven’t done so recently.
Readers forum: DailyJava.net.
Order Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for Yourself and the Nation (free bits) (Mobi ebook) (Kindle) or Survival+ The Primer (Kindle) or Weblogs & New Media: Marketing in Crisis (free bits) (Kindle) or from your local bookseller.
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