/ FURTHER READING
are all landmark books in their field. Most of the authors mentioned
have written other books as well, and I offer only a sampling of
important works on the related subjects of environmentalism, animal
rights, science, technology, and the crisis of capitalism and human
Brown, Lester (editor): State of the World. NY:
W.W. Norton and Company, 1992 • Annual summarizing the Worldwatch
Institute's in-depth reports on population, pollution, biodiversity
and Third World growth.
Carson, Rachel: Silent Spring. Greenwich CT: Fawcett
Crest, 1962 • The classic articulate and poetic expose of
the ravages of chemical pesticides on natural ecosystems.
Chomsky, Noam: Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic
Societies. Boston, MS: South End Press, 1989 • One
of Chomsky's several intensely researched and footnoted discussions
of media's influence on democracy.
Commoner, Barry: Making Peace with the Planet.
NY: Pantheon Books, 1975• Revised in 1990; the renowned environmentalist
from the 1960's evaluates environmental reform and concludes prevention
is the only cure for pollution.
Gore, Senator Al: Earth In the Balance; Ecology and the
Human Spirit. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992 •
An impassioned discussion of environmentalism, equating U.S. denial
of environmental problems with denial in a dysfunctional family.
Gorz, Andre: Ecology as Politics. Boston, South
End Press, 1980 • French socialist thinker links the ecology
movement with the struggle for greater social change.
Illich, Ivan: Tools for Conviviality. Berkeley:
Heyday Books, 1973 • Argues that institutionalized tools have
grown past their usefulness and how enslave rather than liberate.
McKibben, Bill: The End of Nature. NY: Random House,
1989 • A poetic lament over the irreversibility of man's presence
Postman, Neil: Technopoly; The Surrender of Culture to Technology.
NY: Alfred Knopf, 1992 • Discussion of the influences of media
and computers on communication and education.
Rifkin, Jeremy, with Ted Howard: Entropy, into the Greenhouse
World (revised edition)! New York: Bantam Books, 1980 •Lively
discussion of the political, philosophical, and cultural implications
of the laws of thermodynamics.
Robbins, John: Diet for a New America. Walpole,
NH: Stillpoint Press, 1987 • Political, scientific, and ethical
discussion of the health effects of meat eating.
Schumacher, E.F,: Small is Beautiful: Economics as If People
Mattered. NY: Harper and Row, 1973 • An economist
discusses the limits of growth and the benefits of appropriate technologies.
Singer, Peter: Animal Liberation (2nd edition).
NY: Random House, 1990 • The definitive arguments against
the exploitation of animals for food and medical experiments.
Thompson, Claudia G: Recycled Papers: The Essential Guide.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992 • A practical discussion of
the technologies, practices, and design application of paper recycling.
Zinn, Howard: A People's History of the United States.
NY: Perennial Library, 1980 •An eloquent alternative to textbook
histories, chronicling the plight of indigenous people, race and
labor struggles from Columbus to Vietnam.
Catalogues and Practical Guides
Anderson, Bruce (editor): Ecologue: The Environmental Catalogue
and Consumer's Guide for a Safe Earth. NY: Prentice Hall
Press, 1990 • Thorough catalogue directed at the homeowner;
filled with information and hard to find products.
Council on Economic Priorities, Inc.: Shopping for a Better
World. NY: Ballantine Books, 1991 • Evaluates consumer
products companies in terms of their policies and records regarding
human rights, military involvement, pollution, and animal rights.
Schaeffer, John (editor): Real Goods: Alternative Energy
Sourcebook (2nd edition). Ukiah CA: Real Goods Trading
Corporation, 1991 • Information and products on alternative
energy from batteries to solar panels, from toys to toilet dams.
Stewart, Mary Lou (president and research director): The
Environmental Directory. Vancouver, B.C. Canada: Stewart's
Green Line Ltd., 1991 • Environmental products and services.
Animals' Agenda: Animal Rights Network, Inc., 456
Monroe Turnpike, Monroe CT 06468 (203-452-0466) • An even-headed
magazine of animal rights and ecology.
E Magazine: Earth Action Network, Inc., 28 Knight
St., Norwalk CT 06851 • Another of the new wave of environmental
zines: informative and sharp.
Garbage Magazine: Old House Journal Corp., 2 Main
St., Gloucester, MA 01930 (508-283-4721) • Sardonic and informative;
full of ideas, resources and up-to-the-minute news on environmental