I am happy to announce that my antilibrary is one book shorter. Earlier this week I finally beat my way through Vaclav Smil’s encyclopedic Energy and Nature in Society: General Energetics of Complex Systems.
The book was a fascinating one and I imagine that before July comes I will write a post or two on the (many!) things I have learned from it. However, it is only one book of many I wish to complete before summer’s end; my slog through large and exhaustive tomes has only just begun. I purchased the following books at the beginning of this month, ostensibly with the hope of completing them all before August:
Angus Maddison’s Contours of the World Economy, 1-2030 AD.
Azar Gat’s War in Human Civilization.
J.D. MacDougall’s Mountains, Mammals, Fire, and Ice: A Short History of Planet Earth.
Marten Scheffer’s Critical Transitions in Nature and Society.
And were I not glutton for punishment as it is, I also decided to pick up Vaclav Smil’s other encyclopedic qausi-reference work, The Earth’s Biosphere: Evolution, Dynamics, and Change.