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on January 24, 2009
Am I the only person who thinks this book needs an editor? The premise is good: seek out the people and places that have tackled global warming in a positive way and show that there are pockets of hope out there for a sustainable future. In fact the author gives very detailed and interesting accounts of many such solutions to our current environmental problems. Unfortunately you need to wade through pages of tangential writing that appear to bear little relevance to anything. Chris Turner seems to be overly preoccupied with song lyrics which he interposes in his writing for no obvious reason. Similarly, his frequent use of foul language is totally out of keeping with a work of this nature.
The Weathermakers, which I would consider a companion book to The Geography of Hope, looks at the negative side of global warming. But it is substantially shorter, well organized and a bit more scholarly in tone while still being highly readable.
Since this book is somewhat unique in its approach to the environmental crisis we are facing, I would still recommend it but be prepared to do alot of skimming to get to the real meat of the thesis.
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