Ecocene's Environmental and Economic Books

I have more books than I know what to do with so there will be more. I've reviewed some of the books on my blog.

Environmental Books

The Diversity of Life by Edward O. Wilson paints a lovely picture of the depth and breadth of biodiversity, what there is, what we don't know about, and what we're losing. Of particular note was the things we don't eat much of, but could.
Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee is an excellent work of journalism that pits the infamous David Brower against three opponents int he field.

Economic Books

Eat the Rich by P. J. O'Rourke is a humorous but very insightful look at why certain countries are economically successful and why others are not.

Math Econ

Fundamentals of Mathematical Economics by Alpha C. Chiang and Kevin Wainwright is a pretty standard introductory text to mathematical economics.
Game Theory for Applied Economists by Robert Gibbons is an alright intermediate book on game theory for economists but is not a very good intro. It kind of tries to cover the basics up to relatively advanced stuff but doesn't in my opinion shine in any specific level. Not recommended for those unfamiliar with game theory.
Game Theory and Politics by Steven J. Brams shows some applications in politics. Some of it is a bit more in depth than most people will find necessary but it's nice to see the various implications of different voting schemes and other such details.
Game Theory and Strategy by Philip D. Straffin is an excellent introduction to game theory including some decent exercizes to get a real feel for it.


The Cartoon Guide to Statistics by Larry Gonick and Woollcott Smith is just a fun easy read but to no one's surprise doesn't show you a lot of things.

Other Math Books

Calculus Made Easy by Sylvanus P. Thompson and Martin Gardner is a nice intro to calculus if you happen to need one.
Concepts of Modern Mathematics by Ian Stewart provides an interesting look at the various upper division math courses and why one might be interested in picking one of them.
Consider a Spherical Cow: A course in environmental problem solving by John Harte has a cute title and is written by a great professor but is not all that useful on its own unless you just really like math.

Political Books

Parliament of Whores: A lone humorist attempts to explain the entire U.S. government by P. J. O'Rourke is a humorous look at the workings of the government. It has sections on the EPA and the farm bill that are pretty relevant.