What books/articles/resources do you feel best support or supplement the Crash Course?
I haven’t posted for awhile, so I figure I’d better introduce myself again. I help Chris out with all sorts of behind-the-scenes things here at PeakProsperity.com. We are constantly striving to make this site, the Crash Course, and our other offerings better and better.
So with that in mind, are there any titles missing from our Essential Books and Essential Articles pages? What books, articles, and other resources do you feel are must-reads for people who are interested in Chris’ messages? What materials do you feel would be most helpful for someone who has just watched the Crash Course for the first time?
It would be helpful if you could tell us specifically why you feel a book or article is relevant or important enough to be considered "essential." Please post your recommendations here so that everyone can have a look. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with, and I’m guessing you’ll have ideas that we haven’t thought of or come across yet. Thanks!
Amanda, I know you are much more than an "office girl."… Thank you for all that you do for all of us!
How to get out of debt or keep you from ever getting into debt.
The Richest Man in Babylon
George S. Clason
book holds the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and making money earn
Millions of readers have become familiar with George S. Clason’s famous
"Babylonian parables" through the distribution of these success secrets of
the ancients by banks, insurance companies, investment houses and employers.
Acclaimed as the greatest of all inspirational works on the subject of thrift
and financial planning, these fascinating and informative stories have become a
modern classic in their field.
In language as simple as that of the Bible, this book presents a sure path to
prosperity and happiness. It offers an understanding of—and a solution to—your
personal financial problems which will guide you successfully through a
lifetime. The Richest Man in Babylon is a book you will want to read
yourself, recommend to friends, and give to young people just starting out in
Here are a couple of recommendations I have for the book list:
Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman.
The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson.
By the way Mr. Ferguson presented a film on PBS a couple of nights ago which I also strongly recommend.
Thanks for all you do for the website.
The first book that jumps off my mind is The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century by James Howard Kunstler.
Reinventing Collapse by Dmitri Orlov.
If that doesn’t keep you awake, nothing will.
Dmitri Orlov’s The Five Stages of Collapse is an excellent article, as is his presentation Closing the ‘Collapse Gap’: the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US.
Also Thomas Homer-Dixon covers the same territory as the Crash Course with an international focus in his well-researched 2006 book The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization:
Five tectonic stresses are accumulating deep beneath the surface of our societies. They are
Source: The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization p.11
The "Collapse Gap" was also very well presented. Made me step back and look at our culture in a way I hadn’t.