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More booky info

Since many of us don’t have time to read books these days, below you can find quotes from books that contain the information activists need to know about.

Feel free to leave comments.

If you're into ranking things, remembering what you've read or seeing what others are reading you may like to join Goodreads  (Lorna's user name  there is Lorna Prescott, She is happy to make friends to prompt her to update her reviews and reading.)

If you're bying books, try to do so as ethically as possibly - which means avoiding the almighty Amazon. Here's some info from the ethical consumer which can help you make decisions.

Green Metropolis is a great site for selling and buying second hand books.

If you haven't come across it before you might also like Bookcrossing. There are over 3000 book crossings already in the UK, places where you can leave books for others and pick up books for free. If you label them you can track where in the world your book gets to. 

Discussion Forum

The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn's Improbable Path to Power - Alex Nunns. 1 Reply

Started by joe taylor. Last reply by Bren Cook Jul 22, 2017.

Big Capital: Who Is London For? - Anna Minton 2 Replies

Started by joe taylor. Last reply by Daniel Buckley Jul 21, 2017.

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist - Kate Raworth. 2 Replies

Started by joe taylor. Last reply by Daniel Buckley Jun 22, 2017.

Dismembered:How the attack on the state harms us all by Polly Toynbee, David Walker 1 Reply

Started by joe taylor. Last reply by Daniel Buckley May 18, 2017.

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive by Jared Diamond 1 Reply

Started by joe taylor. Last reply by Peter Goble Jun 11, 2017.

Rebel: How to Overthrow the Emerging Oligarchy by Douglas Carswell 2 Replies

Started by joe taylor. Last reply by joe taylor Apr 27, 2017.

Why Our Status Quo Failed and Is Beyond Reform

Started by joe taylor Jan 10, 2017.

Empire of Chaos: The Roving Eye Collection by Pepe Escobar 3 Replies

Started by joe taylor. Last reply by Daniel Buckley Jan 12, 2017.

NHS for Sale: Myths, Lies & Deception 2 Replies

Started by joe taylor. Last reply by Daniel Buckley Jan 5, 2017.

Swimming with Sharks - Joris Luyendijk

Started by joe taylor Dec 14, 2016.

Capitalism: A Short History by Jürgen Kocka 1 Reply

Started by joe taylor. Last reply by Daniel Buckley Dec 5, 2016.

The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy by Mervyn King 4 Replies

Started by joe taylor. Last reply by Susan Hayward Nov 21, 2016.

The Alternative: Towards a New Progressive Politics

Started by joe taylor Sep 4, 2016.

The Euro: And its Threat to the Future of Europe by Joseph Stiglitz 1 Reply

Started by joe taylor. Last reply by Daniel Buckley Sep 1, 2016.

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Comment by joe taylor on June 28, 2013 at 18:18
Philip Duval recomends this short book, ‘The Finance Curse’ by Nick Shaxon. Click the link below to get the PDF version.
Comment by joe taylor on December 25, 2012 at 15:35

'The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London' by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello.

What strikes me about it is that it gives a much clearer understanding of interconnections between government and big business - in this case BP.

Might we worth you reading this review to see what I mean

Here's a couple of quotes from the book:

Beyond the material impact of those few months, when the supply of crude from the Middle East effectively stopped, the Oil Crisis had a long-lasting effect on BP, including changing the ownership structure of the company. The spiral of inflation that arose from the crisis meant that, in 1976, the chancellor of the exchequer, Denis Healey, had to go to the IMF for a £3 billion loan. This was the largest application that had ever made to that body. The price demanded by the IMF was £2.5 billion of cuts in UK public-sector spending, and the disposal of 14.5 per cent of the British government’s shareholding in BP.15 The sale took place the following year, in what was then the world’s largest share offering.16 The whole process was coordinated in two ‘operations rooms’ – one in the Finsbury Circus offices of BP, under the guidance of the company’s financial controller, Quentin Morris; the other in the Moorgate offices of the government broker Mullens & Co., under James’s father, Richard Marriott. He worked closely with a number of private banks, the most important being Rothschild. The share offer was 4.7 times oversubscribed. It not only broke the British government’s hold on BP, but also showed the way for future state privatisations under the coming Thatcher government. By 1977, a decade after TAL and Vohburg had started operating, the financial relationship between BP and the UK government was beginning to alter dramatically. Sixty years after Churchill’s initial investment, the government was forsaking its controlling stake. A new structure of shareholding – dominated by pension funds, insurance companies and banks – was coming into being. Yet despite this shift from public to private shareholding, the British state and this corporation remain intimately entwined, as we saw in their close collaboration in ensuring BP’s advance into Azerbaijan.

Every square mile of ocean is estimated to hold 46,000 separate pieces of plastic litter.

The take-up of non-carbon energy systems across Germany has been remarkable. In 2008, 17 per cent of all Germany’s energy was provided by renewables.

The West must undertake ‘the most difficult retreat of all, from the war against the biosphere which we have been waging since the Industrial Revolution.

Cheers Joe
Comment by joe taylor on December 13, 2012 at 22:13



Not an attempt to outline the fourteen-hundred year history of Islam, or compare its ideology to other major religions, or analyse its relevance in the modern world, but rather a penetrating critique of the personalities who have successfully used fear-mongering to inspire cultural hatred for their own ends, the organisations they belong to, the organisations that support them and many of their funding sources.

He doesn't discuss the fact that there may be reasons to be critical of religion, including Islam, hence giving rise to those able to take advantage of that situation - the ones he criticises almost as venomously as they, outrageously, criticise Islam.

He seems, as times, so keen to denounce those who propagate hatred that he uses their modus operandi, which, for me, weakens his argument.

There are, however, valuable lessons to be learned about how these people manage to spread this bile for those who promote equality, human rights and equality.

If anyone wants to borrow this book, get in touch and I'll post it to you.

I felt I learned more from reading 'Islam - A Short History' by Karen Armstrong

'You or Someone Like You' by Chandler Burr is a novel that deals with the religious topic well, in my opinion.

Comment by Jonathan Stephen Davies on November 26, 2012 at 9:59

I had the privilege of working with Colin Crouch at Warwick.  It is a brilliant book, particularly in explaining the origins of neoliberalism and the way in which it is sustained despite the crisis.  But Colin is quite pessimistic about the prospects for defeating neoliberalism.  For him, the role of civil society is checks and balances and holding these vast corporations to account rather than fighting for an entirely different socioeconomic order.  I'll be interested to hear whether people think it offers much of a guide to action.


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