Hello, I just read Sushils posts for the third time, and there are some gems in there. I don't agree with all of Sushils conclusions or the basis for some of those conclusions, but I liked the exercise reading it gave because it made me think about some of "what is the essence of being human". Anyway, I thought about all of the books I have read that contributed to where I am in terms of understanding my relationship with the planet, or just enjoyed 'cuz they was fun, and how grateful I am that people took the time to write them. So I am asking whoever is interested in exchanging titles of their impolrtant books, and, if you have time, why they were important, and maybe we could talk about them. Thank you, Christopher "Collapse" and "Gun germs and Steel" by Jarred Daimond, both good "big question" books, and well worth reading "Natural Capitalism" by Amory and Hunter Lovins, another big question book "Farmers of Forty Centuries" F.H King, (published in 1911, a very good look at preindustrial agriculture in Asia that supported high population densities for thousands of years before agro chemicals, largely being lost and replaced now with petroleum dependenat agriculture) "Cornucopia" and "El Arbol", good economic botanical books (books are geared towards farmers, and mostly list species of economic or dietary interest. El Arbol is in the Spanish) Bills Big Book (of course :lol: ) "True History of Chocolate" Michael and Sophie D Coe (excellent book on cacao history, with info on mesoamerican agricultural practices. "Fall of the Ancient Maya", Stewart Webster (good overview of the collapse which examines the various theories, but makes a compelling argument of unsustainable high population densities and systemic colapses of the environment and increased conflict based on dwindling acces to resource base) "the Noblest Triumph", (a long and well thought out thesis that ties strong property rights, or lack of such rights, to development, or to lack of development, with many, many examples) "Globalization and its Discontents", Joseph Steiglitz and "Lexus and the Olive Tree", Friedman (two looks at the impatcs globalization is having, with Friedman being proglobalization and making a fairly convincing look at the benefits, and Stieg;itz looking at the negative effects and true costs of globalization) and for some fluff: "Flashman" (any of the flashman novels are wonderful reads. very well researched fiction on a character from "Tom Browns School Days" who grows up to be an incorrigble rogue, coward and scoundrel, gallavanting around from one historical hot spot to the other, ver, very funny, and very well researched.... perhaps a bit of a "guy book" , so sez my significant other....) "Toxin", by Robin Cook, MD, (fictional account of what could cause an ecoli out break, well researched and a damnng indictment of themeat industry. Fiction, but you won't look at a burger sourced from off your farms again the same way... :lol: ) non agriculture, but English Language: "the Professor and the Madman", Simon Winchester. (story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, well researched and informative) I have some other but would like to hear from you!