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Important And Useful Books

This page lists important and useful books, both physical and electronic. Contact Webmaster - Robert Molyneux if you would like further information.

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Book ID List ISBN Author 1 Book Title Comments Audience Published
Goal eISBN Author 2 Contents URL Area Date Added
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 ExampleBook  ISBN if available  Author Name  
Book Title As Per Frontispiece Extended Title

Brief Comments about the significance of the book.

TBA  Published?
TBA  eISBN if available  Other Authors  
Summary of Contents

 URL if available, of book or related information TBA  Added?
       [Major Resources]    
 CIAWorldFactBook  ISBN  Various  
CIA World Fact Book

The USA's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) publishes key information for all countries.

USE  Updated
TBA  eISBN  Various  
Detailed data and information about all countries, with useful comparison tables.

 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook UserInfo  2015 Nov 30
 AgeOfUncertainty  ISBN 0 563 12887 9  John Kenneth Galbraith  
The Age Of Uncertainty

An excellent cover of economics from a left standpoint.

USE  1977
TBA  eISBN  None  
The book of the BBC series - tracing economics through to 1978 or so

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Age_of_Uncertainty UserInfo  2016 Jan 06
 FreeToChoose  ISBN 978 0 15 633460 0  Milton Friedman  
Free To Choose - A Personal Statement

Cover of economics from a right standpoint and a response to Galbraith's Age of Uncertianty.

USE  1980
TBA  eISBN  Rose D Friedman  
The book of the PBS series - tracing economics through to 1980 or so.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_to_Choose UserInfo  2016 Jan 06
 EmpireOfCapital  ISBN-10 1-84467-518-1  Ellen Meiksins Wood  
Empire Of Capital

Different sorts of empires and their histories.

USE  2003
TBA  eISBN  None  
Explanation about the nature of empires through history

 None UserInfo  2015 Nov 30
 RiseOfTheRobots  ISBN 978-1-78074-749-1  Martin Ford  
The Rise Of The Robots - Technology And The Threat Of Mass Unemployment

Wide explanation of the effect of robotics including Information Technology on employment levels and wealth distribution.

USE  2015
TBA  eISBN 978-1-78074-750-7  None  
Comprehensive discussion of the technology and impact of robotics and Information Technology and Communications (ITC)

 None UserInfo  2015 Nov 30
 TippingPoint  ISBN-10 0316316962  Malcolm Gladwell  
The Tipping Point

Excellent blueprint for getting ideas accepted across the world - going viral.

USE  2000
TBA  eISBN  None  
Exposing the Tipping Point in human affairs - the moment when a trend, idea of social behavious crosses into acceptability

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tipping_Point1 UserInfo  2015 Nov 30
 StateOfTheEarth   ISBN-13 9780813124117  Paul Keith Conkin  
The State Of The Earth: Environmental Challenges On The Road To 2100

In The State of the Earth, award-winning historian Paul K. Conkin offers a balanced, nuanced, and ultimately hopeful assessment of the major environmental challenges that must be met after a century of torrid growth and development.

USE  2009
TBA  eISBN  None  
The present era of staggering scientific and technological innovations, with major changes in agriculture, manufacturing, commerce, and communications, seems to document unparalleled human achievement.

 None UserInfo  2015 Dec 01
 SustForests  ISBN 0 642 16932 2  Commonwealth Government  
Econologically Sustrainable Development - Final Report - Forest Use

One of several volumes prepared for the Hawke Government in 1991.

MGT  1991
TBA  eISBN  None  
Report of sustainable development involving forests

 None UserInfo  2016 Jan 08
       [Minor Resources]    
 DangerousAllies  ISBN-13 9780522867688  Malcolm Fraser  
Dangerous Allies

Warning about our close association with the USA.

USE  2014
TBA  eISBN 9780522867893  Cain Roberts  
Comprehensive discussion of the dangers of our over-close reliance on the USA

 None UserInfo  2015 Nov 30
 PerilousPower  ISBN 978-0-241-14372-8  Noam Chomsky  
Perilous Power - The Middle East And US Foreign Policy

Exposition about the (mis)use of American power and hegemony.

USE  2007
TBA  eISBN  Gilbert Achcar  
Comprehensive discussion of the abuse of power and hegemony by the USA

 None UserInfo  2015 Nov 30
 SorrowsOfEmpire  ISBN 978-0-8050-7797-1  Chambers Johnson  
The Sorrows Of Empire - Militarism, Secrecy, And The End Of The Republic

Detailed exposition of the corruption of the USA republic.

USE  2004
TBA  eISBN  None  
Detailed discussion of the history of the USA empire since the World Wars

 None UserInfo  2015 Nov 30
 EternalGoldBraid  ISBN-13: 978-0465026562  Douglas R. Hofstadter  
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Brief Comments / Review.

USE  1999 Feb 05
TBA  eISBN  None  
Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of "maps" or links between formal systems.

 http://www.amazon.com/G%C3%B6del-Escher-Bach-Eternal-Golden/dp/0465026567 UserInfo  2015 Nov 30
 DemonWorld  ISBN-13: 978-0345409461  Carl Sagan  
The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark

A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought."

USE  1997 Feb 25
TBA  eISBN  Ann Druyan  
Eminent Cornell astronomer and bestselling author Sagan debunks the paranormal and the unexplained in a study that will reassure hardcore skeptics but may leave others unsatisfied.

 http://www.amazon.com/The-Demon-Haunted-World-Science-Candle/dp/0345409469 UserInfo  2015 Nov 30
 AsimovBioEncyc  ISBN-0-330-24323-3  Isaac Asimov  
Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia Of Science And Technology

A great book tracing science and technology from 3000 BC.

USE  1975
TBA  eISBN  None  
Excellent short biographies of scientists and technologists sorted by their year of birth

 None UserInfo  2016 Jan 05
 OzMoment  ISBN-13 9780670075218  George Megalogenis  
The Ausralian Moment

Excellent discussion of Australian economic / political situation.

USE  2012
TBA  eISBN  None  
How we were made for these times

 https://www.penguin.com.au/products/9780670075218/australian-moment UserInfo  2016 Jan 05
 ExcretaDisposal  ISBN  Edmund G. Wagner  
Excreta Disposal For Rural Areas And Small Communities

Excellent discussion of sustainable treatment of human excreta using low level technologies.

MGT  1958
TBA  eISBN  J, N. Lanoix  
The title says it all...

 http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/41687/1/WHO_MONO_39_%28part1%29.pdf Technical  2016 Jan 05
 Entomophagy  ISBN 978-92-5-197595-1  FAO Of The UN  
Edible Insects - Future Prospects For Food And Feed Security

Excellent discussion of the potential of insects and entomophagy.

MGT  2013
TBA  eISBN 978-92-5-107596-8  Various  
Comprehensive coverage of insects as food and feed.

 http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3253e/i3253e00.htm UserInfo  2016 Jan 09


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