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Bookmarked: Climate Predictions, Rebuilding After Katrina, and Islamophobia

8/24/2012 2:13:04 PM

Tags: Bookmarked, Daniel Rirdan, Tom Wooten, John Feffer

Every day, new books arrive in the offices of Utne Reader. It would be impossible to review all of them, but a shame to leave many hidden on the shelves. In "Bookmarked," we link to excerpts from some of our favorites, hoping they'll inspire a trip to your local library or bookstore. Enjoy! 


 The Blueprint: Averting Global CollapseThe Blueprint (Corinno Press, 2012), by Daniel Rirdan, is a call to arms and an argument for his 15-year, worldwide plan that calls for major changes in the way we impact the planet. In his blueprint, Rirdan offers employable designs that lay down new paths for our economy, technology, industry and politics. Read an excerpt on understanding climate change taken from Chapter 1, “Climate Change: What’s In Store.”  








We Shall Not Be MovedThe neighborhood of Lakeview, New Orleans was a gem nestled in a poor and crime-ridden city. Geographically isolated from the rest of New Orleans, this neighborhood filled with educated professionals and generations of families was able to flourish. Despite Lakeview’s large size — 17,000 residents and 7,000 homes — the neighborhood formed a cohesive and strong community with the help of the Lakeview Civic Improvement Assocation. Residents even created their own special tax district in order to support a private neighborhood police force. Tom Wooten’s We Shall Not Be Moved provides a portrait of Lakeview, New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina and tells the story of how the citizens of five New Orleans neighborhoods rebuilt the city they loved. Read Chapter 1, “Very Much at Home.”

Crusade 20Though the events of 9/11 are almost a decade in the past, anti-Islamic sentiment burns strong in the United States and Europe. The summer of 2010 became the Summer of Hate as threats to burn the Qur’an, mosque protests and proposed anti-Islamic legislation blazed throughout the West. What could explain this spike in Islamophobia? In Crusade 2.0, author John Feffer examines the resurgence of anti-Islamic sentiment in the West and its global implications. Read the book’s introduction, “Target: Islam,” which defines Islamophobia, discusses the potential sources of its reappearance and outlines the three wars that continue to shape Western attitudes toward Islam: The Crusades, the Cold War and the Global War on Terrorism. 


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