Review: ANTIFRAGILE – Things That Gain From Disorder

Nassim Nicholas Taleb 7 Star Transformative — As Important as Governing the Commons — LOCALIZE For those who do not know this, Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action earned Elinor Ostrom a Nobel Peace Prize in Economics. This book, by the author of Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable …

Review: Revolution

Russell Brand 5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Intricate, Non-Violent, and Optimistic, November 4, 2014 In relation to the 2,000 plus non-fiction books I have reviewed here at Amazon, this book is brilliant. Normally I would consider giving it four stars for lacking an index and endnotes, obviously needed for the poorly educated morons that …

Review: STOP, THIEF! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance

Peter Linebaugh 5.0 out of 5 stars David Bollier’s Review is Better, This Is My Attempt, April 21, 2014 I was very impressed by David Bollier’s review of this book at his web site (look for < “Stop, Thief!” – Peter Linebaugh’s New Collection of Essays > and am encouraging him to port that excellent …

Review: In An Unspoken Voice – How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

Peter A. Levine 5.0 out of 5 stars Demands Careful Reading, A Capstone Book that Emphasizes BALANCE, April 21, 2014 I read this book at the same time as Cyntia Sue Larson’s Quantum Jumps: An Extraordinary Science of Happiness and Prosperity and E. Graham Howe as edited by William Stranger, The Druid of Harley Street: …

Review: Collapsing Consciously – Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times

Carolyn Baker 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Star Best Book to Both Catalyze and Deepen Your Awakening, March 24, 2014 This is a 6 star book (my top 10% across the 98 categories in which I read), and I consider it a book to be stunningly effective. At the age of 61 with no …

Review: Economics of the 1%

John Weeks 4.0 out of 5 stars While Relevant and Pointed, Suffers from Hyperbole and Lack of Clarity, February 16, 2014 On balance, Lionel Tiger’s book The Manufacture Of Evil: Ethics, Evolution, and the Industrial System is the better book, along with those by William Greider, John Bogle, and Matt Taibbi: The Soul of Capitalism: …

Open Power: Democracy Lost & Found Essay, Book Review Blurbs and Links [Updated 3 MAR 2015]

NEW: Kindle Book Open Power ($2.99) OLD: Core Documents for Both Initiatives (Free) OLD: the foundation book The Open Source Everything Manifesto ROBERT STEELE: There are two schools of thought on effecting political (and hence economic and social) reform. One school is the school of love — this school emphasizes trust building and doing no …

Review: The Zen Leader – 10 Ways to Go From Barely Managing to Leading Fearlessly

Ginny Whitelaw 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Stars, Spectacularly SImple, Foundation Book for Epoch B Collective Self-Governance,May 21, 2012 I’ve been a driven over-achiever most of my life, and only started emerging from the “because I said so” culture so characteristic of the Marine Corps and the Central Intelligence Agency, when I realized in …

Review: A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation – And How to Save it

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed 5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond 5 Stars – Superb Individual Effort, October 25, 2011 In its own way this book is every bit as good as such classics as The Collapse of Complex Societies (New Studies in Archaeology) or The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters …

Review: The Innovator’s Manifesto – Deliberate Disruption for Transformational Growth

Michael Raynor 5.0 out of 5 stars Helps Understand OccupyWallStreet–Solid 5 Misses Mark on True Cost Economics,October 13, 2011 I was given this book as a gift, and could not have–in a million years of planning–gotten a better book relevant to OccupyWallStreet (OWS) than this book. I read it this morning while my MGB was …

Review: IDENTITY ECONOMICS–How our Identities Shape Our Work, Wages, and Well-Being

Concise, Relevant, Documents New Knowledge, Respects Work of Others July 6, 2010 George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton This book is a solid five, and one of those instances when brevity adds value. While I was concerned to see no discussion of “true cost” economics and the book is overly fawning on Goldman Sachs (written before …

Review: The Genius of the Beast–A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism

Deep Look at Soul of Man, Society, and Capitalism November 1, 2009 Howard Bloom I received this book in pre-publication form so as to offer a blurb for the jacket. Below is my take on this book.This book will simultaneously tease your brain, arouse your emotions, and motivate you as it probes deeply into the …