Instructions[edit | edit source]

Reviews that start longer discussions will be moved to a review page specific for that book. Please post book reviews using the following format (note: the last line includes your signature and date stamp):

==Book Title==
*ISBN insert number here

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest[edit | edit source]

  • Ken Kesey
  • ISBN 0451163966

The story created by Kesey has to be one of the most powerful illustrations of man vs machine in the history of literature. When I finished this book I was left feeling empowered. What I gathered from the book is that revolution is in fact possible but there has to be individuals willing to give it all for the betterment of others. This book is definitely first on my top five favorites of all time, and I would go as far to say as this should be a must read for everyone. If anyone has any books they really enjoyed and hasn't read One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest yet I would be down to trade.--Shankmetos 11:04, 20 September 2006

The Dharma Bums[edit | edit source]

  • Jack Kerouac
  • ISBN 01400422520

Living simply as a "Dharma bum" encompasses meditation, buddhism, and freedom. As a Dharma bum Jack Kerouac walks you through some of his later life travels with his eccentric pal Japhy Ryder (Gary Snyder is his true identity). The story is simple, short and sweet and left me wishing for a 100 more pages. If you enjoy adventure and intellectual curiosity, as well as some buddhist thoughts, give this book a read.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things[edit | edit source]

  • William McDonough, Michael Braungart
  • ISBN 0865475873

This book is great. Is there such a thing as waste? This is a must read book for anyone looking into the topic of resources.

  • -SeanC 14:15, 25 August 2006 (PDT)

Cradle to Cradle is a book by William McDonough and german chemist Michael Braungart. It discusses new production techniques that are essentially waste free.--kory_kusick 13:45, 16 November 2007

Engineering in Emergencies: A Practical Guide for Relief Workers[edit | edit source]

  • Jan Davis (Editor), Robert Lambert (Editor)
  • ISBN 1853395218

Put out by ITDG Publishing (Intermediate Technology Development Group Publishing) in collaboration with RedR.

Small Is Beautiful - Economics as if People Mattered[edit | edit source]

First published in 1973 but still pertinent to today's issues of development. Economist E.F. Schumacher looks at the imbalance of global economics and consumption and proposes the development of intermediate technology and appropriate technology as one solution to this disparity. Response to this book led to the formation of The Intermediate Technology Development Group (now Practical ActionW). There is also Small is beautiful : economics as if people mattered : 25 years later ... with commentaries (1999) which I have not yet read, perhaps someone else can provide a review.

Books on Health Care[edit | edit source]

Making Health Care Equipment - Ideas for local design and production[edit | edit source]

  • Adam Platt and Nicola Carter
  • ISBN 1853390674

This book provides step-by-step illustrated instructions for building equipment with various metal tubing, sheet metal, bicycle parts and wood. It includes sections on hospital furniture, wheelchairs, physical and occupational therapy equipment, laboratory equipment, and maternity/infant care equipment. Steve.mccrosky 06:23, 18 September 2007 (PDT)

Available through:Sales Office, Intermediate Technology Publications Ltd (an arm of the Intermediate Technology Development Group) 103-105 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HH England. Steve.mccrosky 07:41, 1 July 2007 (PDT)

Public Health Engineering in Emergency Situations[edit | edit source]

  • Medecins Sans Frontieres
  • ISBN (none)

This resource was published by MSF (Doctors without bordersW) in 1994. It presents schematics with step-by-step instructions for constructing large scale public health projects with a focus on displaced populations. Chapters on water, sanitation and vector control are followed by an excellent French/Spanish/English glossary of terms. Available through MSF. Steve.mccrosky 20:19, 15 July 2007 (PDT)

Where There Is No Doctor[edit | edit source]

  • David Werner with Carol Thuman and Jane Maxwell
  • ISBN 0942364155

This Book was published by the Hesperian Foundation in 1992. It is a health care manual for health workers, clinicians, and others involved in primary health care. It is also available as download. It is available in english and spanish

Requested reviews[edit | edit source]

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Discussion[View | Edit]

When the Cradle-to-Cradle review is completed, a link to the review should be created on the page Cradle to cradle. At Category: Parras 2006 there is a link to this term, whose page doesn't exist yet. --Aaron 00:20, 29 August 2006 (PDT)

Signed reviews?[edit source]

Cool page.

A thought: If opinions are expressed on these books, I'd suggest those comments be signed. For straight info on the book, we can link to the Wikipedia articles, which will generally give reasonable detail. --Singkong2005 (now known as Chriswaterguy) talk 01:40, 7 September 2006 (PDT)

Great idea. I added signatures. Please change it if you think some other format would be better. I see this page as somewhat transitionary... i.e. as this page grows, spin off pages will probably need to be formed and categorized. I think that this transition will be easy. If a user wants to link to a book review, they can link to the page name, and then a redirect could bring them to the book review on this page. I am thinking about doing this same type of scalable page for link reviews as well. What do you think? --Lonny 10:08, 7 September 2006 (PDT)

Transwiki?[edit source]

As I've thought about this more, I wonder if it isn't better to encourage reviews to be posted at a more appropriate site (whether a wiki, or Amazon... it seems to me Amazon has the best reviews). This page could be replaced by one with recommendations of relevant books, with links to reviews. Not that there's anything wrong with the page, it's just there are huge sites out there already, that we won't be able to compete with in terms of number of reviews, and being set up to deal with reviews and star ratings. --Singkong2005 (now known as Chriswaterguy) · talk 03:05, 23 November 2006 (PST)

Bookshelf widget for reviews?[edit source]

See Appropedia talk:Village pump #Library Section? for a discussion of how to deal with book reviews. --Chriswaterguy 13:07, 13 August 2008 (PDT)

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