Don’t waste your time on this one! The author Mr. Greer, is also Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America. In short he envisions the failure of society after the decline of fossil fuel resources and a return to subsistence living, composting and organic gardening, which he currently practices. There is no credit given to human ingenuity and the small amount of energy used when compared to total sunlight striking the earth. Unless you want to be depressed and believe in half truths and inappropriate in interpretations, don’t bother.
Half the book was on the NRC.
Narration was good but the authors were clearly writers only with a poor understanding of the technical details. A much better understanding of the event can be obtained from the Chapter in James Mahafey's book Atomic Accidents: A History and the Robert P.Gale MD book Radiation-What it is & What You Need to Know .
Unless you are a policy wonk, you will be bored by half of the book.
This book had some interesting information which could have been presented in about half the space used. The author spent too much space presenting his personal bias toward less consumption and less individualism. There is an underlying implication that those of us that choose to live in the suburbs, have second homes and consume more have been duped. I continue to do these things because I enjoy them and can afford to do them, even though this is contrary to the author's opinions on current trends and future sustainability.
While there is some good information in the book and the reader does a good job, it was difficult to wade through the infinite anecdotes.
This is a book of Mr. O'Donnell's vision of how things should have happened with hindsight. A mixture of loose events in a timeline with poor integration. A difficult listen at best. I hope Mr. O'Donnell is better at running Georgetown U.
Poor reader, not organized
This is only the second book that I have made an effort to review. I am doing so because I wish to spare some poor soul 13 hours of misery.
It should be titled “A few inaccuracies and omissions in high school american history textbooks and my opinions”. It started out with a few inaccuracies that are well established and then degenerated to finding fault with everything and everyone in America, except for the poor lower income group, which has no hope. An accurate description would be that Mr. Loewen in a hammer and everything is a nail.
Mr. Loewen must feel terrible having no hope and finding nothing right with America. He is still rehashing and expounding on his experiences as a social activist in the 60s. Things are different!
I grew up in the lower class and used all of the virtues that Mr. Loewen criticizes to do well. Mr. Loewen is a sociologist and can always see the dark side of the few statistics that he has. Unless you like being criticized and depressed for the last 6-7 hours, don’t bother with this one.
There is no unifying theme.
Interesting overall review of oil and energy, however I would do my own homework. In Leeb's Personal Finance newsletter, he was still recommending Worldcom, Utilicorp, and Williams Co. in December of 2001. WCOM Rec 56 Now 0, Utilicorp 36 now Aquila at 4.5, Williams at about 35 now 25 with near banrupcy at 1. So he is not as good of a Prognosticatior as he would lead you to believe. Leaves out a lot of data and slants the presented info.
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