Sunday, July 02, 2006

our planet & empire

In the recent July 13 New York Review of Books, there are two excellent reviews that I read. The first is titled, The Threat to the Planet, by Jim Hansen, the well-known NASA climatologist, who was in the news recently for having been muzzled by NASA officials because his views on climate change ran counter to that of the Bush administration. He looks at the Al Gore documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and two books, The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery and Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert.

The other very engaging review is by Robert Skidelsky and titled, Hot, Cold & Imperial. It reviews two books, 1945: The War That Never Ended by Gregor Dallas and Among Empires: American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors by Charles S. Maier.

Su gave me copies of Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell and the Travelers' Tales Guides: Nepal edited by Rajendra S. Khadka. With the other books that I have had on my reading list for some time, I have yet to begin to read these two, which however promise to be very absorbing. With so many books, I will be fully taken care of for the summer months and beyond.

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