April 29, 2017

reviews (made)

Books reviewed by Edward Goldsmith

Ecology – a bridge

Ecology A Bridge Between Science and Society by Eugene P. Odum

A previously unpublished book review of Ecology: A Bridge Between Science and Society, by Eugene Odum (third edition, published by Sennar Associates, Sunderland, Mass., USA, 1997). Eugene Odum, who was Professor of Ecology at the University of Georgia, was probably the most distinguished ecologist of his day. His principal textbooks Basic Ecology (1983) and its […]

The new imperialism

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The era of colonialism may be over, but it has been replaced by a new era of economic and intellectual imperialism, enforced by the Bretton Woods and allied institutions, for the benefit of trans-national corporations. Preface to the book by Shri Faizi Shahul. Date unknown. Faizi Shahul is a forceful and highly effective champion of […]

Technology – a false religion

Ecologist (Vol 12 No 3 - May - June 1982)

Review of Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences by Edward Tenner. Fourth Estate Limited, London 1996; 346pp, ISBN 1 85702-560-1. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 28 No. 5, September–October 1998. The most fundamental tenet of what is, in effect, the religion of modern Man, is that science and technology (with […]

The Way – a summary (review)

The Way - cover 1998 US edition (cover image by Andy Goldsworthy)

This summary review of The Way: An Ecological Worldview was written for Schumacher College in 1998. First published in 1992, The Way is Edward Goldsmith’s magnum opus. This second edition of The Way, was published by University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia, in 1998, and was fully revised, incorporating a glossary, page references, and index. […]

The Way – an overview (World Review)

The Way - cover 1998 US edition (cover image by Andy Goldsworthy)

An overview of The Way published in World Review – New Books for a New Century Vol 1 No 3, 1996 Modern man is rapidly destroying the natural world on which he depends for his survival. Everywhere on our planet, the picture is the same. Forests are being cut down, wetlands drained, coral reefs grubbed […]

In praise of the “seely spider” (short version)

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Book Review: Nature’s Web: an exploration of ecological thinking, by Peter Marshall. Simon and Schuster, London 1992, £9.99 (pb) 513pp. ISBN 0-671-71065-6. An extended, unpublished version of this review can be read here. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 23 No. 3, May–June 1993. Peter Marshall makes an important contribution to the development of a new […]

In praise of the “seely spider” (long version)

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A review of Nature’s Web: an exploration of ecological thinking, by Peter Marshall. Simon and Schuster, London 1992. This version is unpublished, however a shorter version appeared in The Ecologist Vol. 23 No. 3, May–June 1993. It is beginning to dawn on people, Peter Marshall tells us, that “what is wrong is not really our […]

The medical-industrial complex

Doomsday

A review of Health and the global environment by Ross Hume Hall. Polity Press, London 1990. Twenty years ago, our task was to establish the exact nature of the environmental problems that confronted us and to work out how best they could be solved. This task has now been largely achieved. We do not know […]

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