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Looking in the visor…

Today, when I embarked on this intellectual gossip with Niren, did I realize that the best way to invest one’s time, money and energy is in reading and gathering as much knowledge as one can… Only when he mentioned a few titles and their context was I excited about making one “plan” (yet again) of books to be read.

Having heard of a few of them before, I thought I’d rather help my blog visitors with pointers on each of those books that I wud be reading in the near future…. reviews is something I would have loved to but then I work for PwC and anything other than client work is taboo… so here goes that opportunity 🙂

Anyways to start with is this book that has really enthralled me….

1421 – The year China discovered the World

Just like how the most important treasures of the world are lost to history, so is this landmark incident that has just been forgotten…. and with it have gone those remarkable events that should have been in the record books.

This book starts form 8th March, 1421 when the largest ever fleet in the world set sail from China…. This was a special mission under the command of Emperor Zhu Di. It was a world mission expected to last over 2years and would circle the globe. But, on its return, China had changed… transitioning into a self-imposed isolation.

But, lost with this transition were the historical records of these Chinese ships reaching 70years before Columbus, circumnavigatinig the globe a century before Magellan, discovering Antarctica before anyone else, reaching Australia 350years before James Cook and solving the longitude problem 300years before the Europeans….

A Thousand Barrels a Second

Whatz the saturation point for oil? Are the present day high oil prices routine or is there something more than meets the eye? Is the superpowers’ thirst for oil sustainable?

If these questions keep wracking ur brains whenever ya browse thru news everyday, then A Thousand Barrels a Second is an excellent read which can guide ya in making investment decisions, managing risks and finding business opportunities in this new era of energy dependence. However, if one were to ask me the credibility of the author to comment on a global issue of this nature, Peter Tertzakian is a very knowledgeable guy… however his experience as a Chief Energy Economist makes me biased since ever since I have started reading the “Confessions….”, all energy economists seem to me like one of the EHM clan!

However, as I have understood from some readers, this book delves more into the historical depths of the oil era rather than on the alternative policy options… and solutions for resolving this criss. But, what it does remarkably well is backfilling our knowledge of the history of energy and its evolution (ain’t I talking of the dinosaurs?)

The End of Oil

Petroleum is now so deeply entrenched in our economy, our politics, and our personal expectations that even modest efforts to phase it out are fought tooth and nail by the most powerful forces in the world: companies and governments that depend on oil revenues; the developing nations that see oil as the only means to industrial success; and a Western middle class that refuses to modify its energy-dependent lifestyle. But within thirty years, by even conservative estimates, we will have burned our way through most of the oil that is easily accessible. And well before then, the side effects of an oil-based society — economic volatility, geopolitical conflict, and the climate-changing impact of hydrocarbon pollution — will render fossil fuels an all but unacceptable solution. How will we break our addiction to oil? And what will we use in its place to maintain a global economy and political system that are entirely reliant on cheap, readily available energy?

Brilliantly reported from around the globe, The End of Oil brings the world situation into fresh and dramatic focus for business and general readers alike. Roberts talks to both oil optimists and oil pessimists, delves deep into the economics and politics of oil, considers the promises and pitfalls of altenatives, and shows that, although the world energy system has begun its epoch-defining transition, disruption and violent dislocation are almost assured if we do not take a more proactive stance.

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