Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Books Read in 2018

Over the years, with varying success, I've listed the books I've read on the pages of this blog (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014).  Each year my list is far from complete.  I'd forget to add books, or lose interest in updating my list.  Here's my running list from 2018: 

George Orwell
Throughout 2017 liberals made comparisons between this book and Trump's America.  It's been a few years since I've read this one, so I ordered it on Amazon, let it sit on my shelf for 10 months, and then finally picked it up on New Year's Eve.  Nothing I write will add value to what others have already written about this book. 

A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout
Carl Safina
Carl Safina is my favorite environmental writer of this generation, and probably the best environmental communicator alive today.  I've read most of his books, and this one has a major change in tone.  He is angry!  Safina details life in the Gulf of Mexico in the five to six months after the Deepwater Horizon oil blowout and it's devastating.  In the current political climate it's easy to forget that we weren't always enamored with President Obama during his tenure.  Five months of frustration climaxes in a two hour meeting in a Washignton, D.C. cafe with Jane Lubchenco and Thad Allen to explain themselves, and the conversation is fascinating.  In the end, Safina hints that fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is much more damaging than the worst oil blowout in the history of the world.  He explicitly says that climate change is worse.  With recent news that Secretary Zinke plans to open U.S. waters to even more offshore drilling, I thought this would be a timely read.  Oh, and I actually met Carl in a Washington, D.C. cafe a few years ago.

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