3 out of 4 stars
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Almost all of us have heard something about being more “green” throughout the course of our daily lives. It is almost impossible to get through a day without hearing some catastrophic prediction or warning about how badly the planet is being treated by us in various ways. It can leave us feeling hopeless or even guilty about just driving to the store or taking a shower. But what is the true mindset of many of those that lecture us about all things ”green” and where exactly did it come from (and where is it headed for that matter)? Questions such as these are answered by Bruce Walker in his book, Pseudo-Green Leftism and True Green Conservatism.
As I am sure you can tell by the title, Mr. Walker is coming at this subject by delving into the ideology behind the “green” movement and how this affects the perspective of its proponents. He actually makes the case that many more people care about the environment than those who are the most vocal are willing to admit to. Also, that the groups that are often most maligned as not caring in any way about our world are really the ones who actually put their true efforts into preserving the environment to a much greater extent than those who just seem to keep talking rather than acting.
The book is broken down into seven basic sections that go through the basics of the “green” ideology from both of the standpoints that the author titles his book with. He goes through the subject from a variety of angles throughout the book. He looks at it from an economic standpoint that affects both the micro of the personal as well as the macro in the influence on the global marketplace. He also plumbs down into the actual actions of stewardship and how the various ways we live truly affect the environment around us. Mr. Walker definitely brings up many ideas and perspectives that get the reader to think about this subject in a real, enlightened way that many probably have never thought of before when thinking about our relation to the planet.
I really enjoyed the author’s methodology of going back through history to give perspective for us to see where different groups and individuals actually acted and how that lined up with their stated beliefs. This made for what felt like a very informed read and drew my interest right from the start of the book. Though the book itself is rather short, he was still able to pack it with a lot of information, statistics, and scenarios that made it a very filling and informative read.
One of the things that I had a problem with was the fact that not all of the data given was sourced with footnotes. I think that this would have definitely given me more insight into where I could see the same information for myself for further study into the topics brought up in the book. I know that not everybody cares about footnotes or think they are necessary, but I just feel like they would add even more to the book if they would have been included, especially for a nonfiction book such as this.
I also found a decent amount of typos and grammar errors sprinkled throughout the book, though they were not too distracting overall from the read.
There was no swearing or coarse language used at all in the book.
Overall, I give this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I think that the content is done really well, but with the spelling and grammar errors, paired with the lack of footnotes, I did not feel that a full rating was deserved as the book currently stands. I can definitely recommend this book to just about anybody who is looking to get more knowledge on the “green” movement, or just anybody who wants to delve a bit deeper into our interrelationship with this world we live on and the beings we live on it with.
Pseudo-Green Leftism and True Green Conservatism
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