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We take a look at the books we have reviewed that cover a range of sustainability issues, opinions, experiences and solutions.

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1. When Corporations Rule the World – David Korten (2001)When Corporations Rule the World argues that economic globalisation has concentrated the power to govern global corporations and financial markets and detached them from accountability to the human interest. Read more.

2. Small Is Beautiful: A study of Economics as if People Mattered – EF Schumacher (1973) – EF Schumacher’s controversial study, Small Is Beautiful, was first published in 1973 but remains as relevant and thought-provoking today as it was in the 70s. Read more.

3. Silent Spring – Rachel Carson (1962) – Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is as groundbreaking, controversial and relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1962. Read more.

4. The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision – Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi (2014)The Systems View of Life takes a broad sweep through the history of ideas and across scientific disciplines. Read more.

5. The Population Bomb – Paul Ehrlich (1968) – The best-selling Population Bomb was first published in the late 1960s and looks at the issues surrounding global population growth, in particular access to food, and potential solutions. Read more.

6. The Booming Business of Global Warming – McKenzie Funk (2014) – Journalist McKenzie Funk takes a unique look at climate change and investigates the businesses and entrepreneurs that are coming up with solutions to help them profit from the impact. Read more.

7. The Shifts and the Shock – Martin Wolf (2014)The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned – and Have Still to Learn – from the Financial Crisisby the Financial Time’s chief economics commentator Martin Wolf, asks what the 2008 financial crisis should have taught us about economies. Read more.

8. Turnaround Challenge by Michael Blowfield & Leo Johnson (2013) – A sustainability manifesto for businesses and cities, Michael Blowfield and Leo Johnson’s Turnaround Challenge: Business & the City of the Futureoutlines the steps required towards a more sustainable economy and prosperous society. Read more.

9. Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth – James Lovelock (2000) – In Gaia, James Lovelock puts forward his idea that life on Earth functions as a single organism and is self-regulating. Read more.

10. The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability – Paul Hawken (2010) – The book examines what big business must do it order in order to create a restorative economy that will benefit both the environment and society. Read more.

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