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📚 Recommended reading for the resistance (books)


(Walter Haugen) #41

I know we are not supposed to promote ourselves, but I didn’t write two books on sustainable agriculture and solving problems in order to make money. Here is my short list:

  1. The Laws of Physics Are On My Side (2013) by Walter Haugen - one-third analysis, two-thirds solutions based on sustainable small-scale ag - available on Amazon or through your county library (You can get books from all over the country if you didn’t know.)
  2. Hints for Managing Collapse (2014) by Walter Haugen - this one is all solutions - also on Amazon or from your county library
  3. The Dies the Fire series by S.M. Stirling (2004-2017) - Stirling has done his research and his books are full of practical knowledge that relates to the coming collapse
  4. The Collapse of Complex Societies (1988) by Joseph Tainter. This is the place to start for collapse studies. Tainter is an archaeologist, like me and Ian Morris, so there is a historical/prehistoric perspective here that transcends the usual dogma from academia.
  5. Why the West Rules - For Now! (2010) by Ian Morris. Stanford archaeologist and historian who is well versed in statistical analysis, especially error analysis.
  6. Food, Energy and Society (1979 and 1996 for Revised Edition) by David and Marcia Pimentel. This is the go-to book for calibrating energy use using a metric that crosses all platforms (kilocalories).

If you aren’t thinking about your energy use, you are not paying attention. The human body is the most efficient engine we have. Soon enough, the US of A will collapse and YOU will have to grow at least some of your own food. I am not exaggerating or pulling your leg. Take note and get a grip. As Stirling says, “You will have to be a farmer or farm the farmers.” Start preparing now.

(Lisa) #42

The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election [Malcolm Nance]

(Lisa) #43

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J. D. Vance


Two books by Claudia Koonz are indispensable for understanding how fascism becomes consolidated and normalized, shutting down not just protest but civil society itself, a process we are witnessing right now. "Mothers in the Fatherland: Women, the Family and Nazi Politics" and “The Nazi Conscience”

(Larry Parker) #45

I’d suggest “The True Believer, Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements” by Eric Hoffer. Written in 1951, it reads today like a textbook for the Republican effort to create a “movement” to destroy democracy in the US.

(Ashley ) #46

Collusion is AMAZING. I think I’m going to read it again (well, listen - I do audiobooks!).

(Matt Kiser) #47

So many good, new recs. Thanks everybody!

(Sally) #48

On my Amazon wish list!


Ian Kershaw’s “To Hell and Back” for the history-repeats-itself factor. His Hitler biogs are great, but this sweeping look at 20th century European history is extraordinary.


Brilliant! Audiobooks are something I really need to get into.

I agree, Collusion is a good read. I want to read his book, ‘The Snowden Files’ next.

(Bryan Watson) #51

Just joined up, but here’s 2 timely books to recommend:

Harry G. FrankfurtOn Bullshit” - written in 2005 under GW Bush, but it’s got a whole new relevance. A serious work on the difference between lies and bullshit - I’m convinced Trump is not a liar, he’s a bullshitter. And it matters. (Frankfurt has a companion volume “On Truth”)

Daniel J. LevitinWeaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era” (previously titled “A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics: A Neuroscientist on How to Make Sense of a Complex World”) - a 2017 treatment of how to identify when people lie with numbers, with language, with anti-science, and with false logic.


“On Tyranny” and “Between the World and Me” are a couple of my favorites. Glad to see they are so popular in this group.

I would also suggest “Fighting Words: A Toolkit for Combating the Religious Right”


This actually sounds fascinating. Because honestly, I have no idea how to make sense of anything that comes out of most politicians’ mouths right now.


An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal


Daniel Kahneman (2011): “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” Penguin. An exposition of how and why we make the choices we make. Intellectual and psychoanalytical. Not a quick read, but rewarding


How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS, by David France, describes how men and women ignored by the U.S. government became their own researchers and lobbyists who wouldn’t sit down and shut up.


The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
The New York Times bestseller! More than two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists offer their consensus view that Trump’s mental state presents a clear and present danger to our nation and individual well-being.


Geez!..1984 by George Orwell

(Jenny Fitton) #59

I would recommend Philip Roth’s “The Plot against America” as an excellent description of how demagogues come to power.

(Marie Lamb) #60

“You’re More Powerful than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide” by Eric Liu