Books - Concerning
GDP, & Economics
Below is a select list of books that not only
imbibe the spirit of Investing for the Soul, but also are highly
informative and inspirational. The titles are linked to booksellers
(mostly Amazon.com) where they may be purchased. Investing for the Soul
receives commissions on some book sales.
The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and
Sustainability in the 21st Century, by Mark Mykleby, Patrick Doherty
and Joel Makower, St. Martin’s Press 2016
"The New Grand Strategy offers... a grand purpose of creating a
sustainable future for Americans and the peoples of all nations. The
goal may be grand, but the analysis is clear, simple, and accessible."―Anne-Marie
Slaughter, President and CEO of New America; former Dean of Princeton
University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs,
Author of Unfinished Business.
State of the World 2015: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability,
by The Worldwatch Institute, Island Press 2015.
"In State of the World 2015, the flagship publication of The
Worldwatch Institute, experts explore hidden threats to sustainability
and how to address them. How will nations deal with migration as climate
change refugees cross borders in order to escape flooding, drought, or
other extreme weather events? What will happen to the price and
availability of fossil energy—the foundation of industrial
civilization--as these resources oscillate between surplus and scarcity?
If perpetual economic growth on a finite planet is impossible, what are
the alternatives? Can national governments manage the transition?"—Book description.
The Little Big Number: How GDP Came to Rule the World and What to Do
about It, by Dirk Philipsen, Princeton University Press 2015.
"GDP is not just a number but is code for a set of economic values
and principles that we're not supposed to question. Philipsen breaks
that taboo by critically assessing the origins and impacts of our
overreliance on this flawed metric. Anyone who wants to understand our
economy's weaknesses--and how to make them better--needs to read this
book."—Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff and executive
director of Greenpeace USA.
Beyond GDP: National Accounting in the Age of Resource Depletion
(Lecture Notes in Energy), by Matthew Kuperus Heun, Michael
Carbajales-Dale, and Becky Roselius Haney, Springer 2015.
"The authors make a fundamental advance in economic thought, one that
also provides a policy tool. They sharpen the concept of economic
metabolism with a detailed analytical accounting of the metabolic flow
from nature through the economy and back to nature, with attention to
the different roles of stocks and flows, matter, energy, and value...
Highly recommended!"—Herman Daly, Emeritus Professor, School of
Public Policy, University of Maryland.
The New Indicators of Well-Being and Development, by Jean Gadrey and
Florence Jany-Catrice, Palgrave Macmillan 2007.
"The growth of GDP remains the principal focus of attention when it
comes to judging the progress of the 'wealth of nations' ...New
indicators of development, well being, social health or ecological
footprint are presented in this volume as alternative methods of
re-assessing the growing gap between well being and 'more having'. They
show that ongoing growth might destroy vital natural resources and has
already begun this depletion."—Book description.
Democracy at Risk: Rescuing Main Street from Wall Street—A Populist Vision for the 21st Century, by Jeff Gates, Perseus Books 2000.
A book rich with economic and social data about
modern America, giving the impression that the United States is a long
way from real democracy in its economy.
The Growth Illusion, by
Richard Douthwaite, New Society Publishers 1999.
A radical perspective on present day economics by a knowledgeable, but
controversial economist. He calls for a replacement of the Gross
Domestic Product measure with something that accounts for environmental
responsibility and true material well-being. He calls it the Index of
Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW). It is stimulating reading.