Harah Frost made the first comment on this site, saying that a book list might be helpful. Sharon Astyk wrote up her recommendations on books that people who “get” peak oil might want to give as Christmas presents to family and friends who do not:

http://sharonastyk.com/2010/12/17/peak-oil-books-for-everyone/

I left the following comment at Sharon’s site:

“Andrea G. asked, “How about one for a relative who’s stuck in the Progress-or-Apocalypse dichotomy?”

John Michael  Greer’s “The Long Descent,” which Sharon thinks would be good for those who like to study history, would be equally good for breaking out of progress or apocalypse mode.

One central idea of “The Long Descent” is that civilizations which have overshot their resources and collapsed have done so in stages, with the time span between the peak of the civilization and the final stage of collapse taking a century or more. In between, some of the stages have been stable for a generation or so, perhaps in regions if not across the whole extent of the civilization. Rome and the Mayan Empire are discussed as examples of complete collapse. China before industry is an example of another case, periodic limited collapse and recovery, which does not apply to us.

In short, it has taken the world 150 years to get to peak oil. It may well take another 150 years to reach the point where oil is no longer an important commodity in the world economy. Along the way, some local or regional catastrophes may or may not be inevitable, but total apocalypse is not required. Greer makes a reasonable argument for this conclusion.”

If we start a book discussion group focused on books relevant to transition, we can easily make up our own list of transition books and our opinions about them on this web site.

Art Myatt

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