I'm reading this too...good history of how our recent oil problems have come about...I really liked it when she went down to to visit Chavez (made me really like the guy...anyone who turns oil company headquarters into free universities is ok in my books)Originally posted by swilly
It's the Crude, Dude : War, Big Oil and the Fight for the Planet
By linda Mcquaig
Originally posted by Boss Hog
Hey Saddam had free universities and medicare before the US invasion.
There's a lot of educated Iraqis over there who aren't being employed to rebuild their own country.
I have his "Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. interventions since World War II", ...he manages to make it both disturbing and fun... 56 chapters, basically each dedicated to one intervention (still he doesnt cover them all)swilly said:Rogue state by
Been pretty good so far
I found Guns, Germs & Steel quite good. I would be interested in hearing some of your friends complaints if you could post them. "Collapse", a follow up to GG&S is an interesting read to. It looks at how civilizations disappear and points heavily to environmental abuse / exploitation. I'm still in the middle of reading it though so I don't have a full description.Colm said:Another friend is reading Guns, Steel & Germs (or whatever) and seems generally unimpressed with its anthropoligical/archaelogical reasoning.
Colm said:My friend is reading It's the Crude, Dude and likes it to some degree, but finds it uncompelling and too lenient on certain figures. Another friend is reading Guns, Steel & Germs (or whatever) and seems generally unimpressed with its anthropoligical/archaelogical reasoning.
That's almost verbatim of what she said, but she rejects 'anthropological' reasoning in anycase because of its inherent incertitude.~atp~ said:Actually, the anthropological reasoning is quite sound but the book is boring as shit once you discover his thesis on page 100 and then are subsequently forced into hearing the same thesis for each historical example, without providing more insight than what is proposed in the initial stages of the argument.