Clare G Richardson-Barlow

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Plymouth bookstore

No trip is complete without a stop in a bookstore or library. Plymouth, UK (2015)

Everyday I find myself immersed in some sort of written content–journal articles, draft reports for future publication, blogs, magazine articles, and fiction recommended by friends, family, and “must read” lists. I will update this frequently, with notations when relevant.

Professor Christopher Dent, Renewable Energy in East Asia: Towards a New Developmentalism (London: Routledge, 2014)

A hot topic issue, written by one of my favorite academics and a fabulous teacher (naturally I have to give my PhD supervisor a shout out!), this book is a great primer on renewable energy and its role in East Asia. Whether you are a policy expert, novice energy weirdo, or just want to read something in the hopes of being able to understand current political debates better, this book is for you. Easy to read, covers theoretical frameworks and the basics of one of energy policies biggest issues–the growth, misconceptions, and role of renewable energy in global and regional energy systems.

Dr. Carl Hart, High Price (New York: Harper,  2013).

“A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society,” this book is of the sort of genre I aspire to–real life anecdotes mixed with social science research to create an easy to read study in human nature and societal challenges. While I know the author has not been well received by everyone (search: Bill O’Reilly vs. Carl Hart) I do think his foes speak for his work–solid and relatable. A must read on social pressures and drug use.

Richard McGregor, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (London: Penguin Books, 2010).

For all the conversation in the US (yes, even outside of the Beltway) about the rise (and fall) of China, there is little understanding among many of my peers about the Chinese political system beyond the word “communist”. The Communist Party of my father’s generation (the original “China Hands”, if you will) is quite different from the Party today–it has adapted to capitalism and made the best of global trade. It, like many other political parties, is embroiled in scandal, made up of some very intelligent & shockingly stupid leaders, and has political control over every aspect of the mysterious Chinese political system. A great read for an introduction, and subsequent deep-dive, into China’s One Party.

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