Books on The environment
Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire. Ballatine Books, 1969. Abbey recounts his experience living for three seasons in Moab, Utah.
Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring. Hougton Mifflin Comp., 1962. This book helped ban DDT and launch the environmental movement.
Friedman, Thomas. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why we Need a Green Revolution—and how it can Renew America. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008. Thomas discusses the potential impacts of climate change and an energy crises. He argues for the U.S. to lead “Geo-Greenism” for a stronger, healthier planet.
Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Glogal Warming and What we can do about it. Rodale Books, 2006. Written in an easy to understand manner, Gore uses scientific research to explain the inevitability and far-reaching consequences climate change will have.
Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. HarperCollins Publishers, 2007. Kingsolver recounts the year her family either grew their own food, or purchased locally sourced food in an entertaining and enlightening manner.
Klein, Naomi. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. Simon & Schuster, 2014. Klein argues that either we must change or climate change will force us to and how this can be a opportunity for positive economic and cultural changes.
Kolbert, Elizabeth. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. Henry Colt and Co., 2014. Recounting previous extinctions in our Earth’s history, Kolbert contextualizes how our current man-made climate change will lead to millions of species dying.
Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There. Oxford UP, 1968. Published after his death in 1948, conservationist and U.S. Forest Service worker, Leopold follows the changing of seasons in Wisconsin in this collection of essays on nature.
Reisner, Marc. Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water. Penguin, 1986. Reisner details water’s contentious history in the West starting with early settlers drawn with promises to political battles and environmental consequences.
Pollan. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Penguin Press, 2007. Anchor Books, 1999. Providing the mantra, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” Pollan reminds us of food’s function.
Preston, Richard. The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus. Anchor books, 1999. Preston details Ebola’s first emergence and transmission from Central Africa to Washington D.C. and the resources mobilized to prevent the spread.
Seus, Dr. The Lorax. Random House, 1971. A simple children’s book or a parable showing the environmental consequences of greed?
Weber, Karl. Food Inc: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer—and What you can do about it. PublicAffairs, 2009. A collection of essays investigating the corporate food industry practices and its impacts on our health and economy.