Teaser Tuesday: The Wizard and the Prophet

Like an enjoyably long weekend, the Wheel of Time has turned ‘round to Teaser Tuesday. Can it really be that I haven’t done a Teaser Tuesday in over 3 weeks? Apparently so. I mean, I have been reading. I guess that means I have a few more books to review.

This week I’m reading The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann.

The Goodreads Blurb:

In forty years, Earth’s population will reach ten billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups–Wizards and Prophets, as Charles Mann calls them in this balanced, authoritative, nonpolemical new book. The Prophets, he explains, follow William Vogt, a founding environmentalist who believed that in using more than our planet has to give, our prosperity will lead us to ruin. Cut back! was his mantra. Otherwise everyone will lose! The Wizards are the heirs of Norman Borlaug, whose research, in effect, wrangled the world in service to our species to produce modern high-yield crops that then saved millions from starvation. Innovate! was Borlaug’s cry. Only in that way can everyone win! Mann delves into these diverging viewpoints to assess the four great challenges humanity faces–food, water, energy, climate change–grounding each in historical context and weighing the options for the future. With our civilization on the line, the author’s insightful analysis is an essential addition to the urgent conversation about how our children will fare on an increasingly crowded Earth.

The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 267:

Desperate to save his work, Mouchot came up with a new justification for solar power: as a tool of imperialism.

What are you reading today?

6 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday: The Wizard and the Prophet

  1. I’m always interested to hear what’s other people are reading, we all have different likes and dislikes. Some people rave over a book, while others detest it. I’m going back to Greece this week, so I’m collecting books to take back with me. I’m a fan of English author Ken Follett, who has written some wonderful historical novels. His latest book is called Column of Fire, and I’m looking forward to starting it!

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