Recommended Reads, 18th in a Quarterly Series
No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process (Beavan). A sometimes hilarious but always thought-provoking account of how hard it is to truly drive your environmental footprint down to zero.
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World Paperback (Johnson). You know I love Stephen Johnson, but this book blew me away. It had it all - intrigue, calamity, science, and maps!
The Plundered Planet: Why We Must--and How We Can--Manage Nature for Global Prosperity (Collier). A very thoughtful exploration into the intersection between economics and the environment.
Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game (Thorn). Turns out baseball's genesis wasn't idyllic and instantaneous but rather urban, gritty, and incremental.
Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream (Bissinger). Bissinger's narrative skills shine. All the emotions, I felt them.
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Goodwin). A fascinating look at a great man through the lens of his working relationships with his greatest rivals.
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (Lewis). Lewis at his best - insightful, informative, and witty.