Chris Martenson's new book "The Crash Course" is a much needed up to the minute savvy addition to writings that have been describing for over 40 years the intersecting demographics of population growth versus the human carrying capacity of Planet Earth.One of the early harbingers of this trend, Donella Meadows et al in Limits to Growth (1972), were harshly lambasted for raising the idea that the consequences of a rapidly growing world population and finite resource supplies was a worthy subject of study for choosing paths to the future that could have been different than where we are today. Other worthy works that I admire and recommend include Lester Brown's Plan B and updates, the current book being Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (Substantially Revised) and his most recent work World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse. Another excellent book is the Post Carbon Institute's The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises which includes a chapter by Chris Martenson written last year.My review title, like Chris's book, is intended to offer hope for the future rather than doom and gloom, despite the fact that doom and gloom is certainly upon us. The worst part of doom and gloom is your state of mind. Helplessness is not a viable option. We have work to do and "The Crash Course" gives you a great action plan.My wife and I have been preparing for the future described in Chris's book since the early 1980's when we purchased a small farm and learned the basics of growing and preserving our own food and tending livestock. When our four "farm hands" all graduated from high school we moved on from the farm to developing other self-sufficiency skills. Five years ago we purchased our second small farm and have learned to live completely off grid for the past four years. Today we are building a highly energy efficient small house at the farm which will be totally self-sufficient for water, solar electricity and heat from thermal solar. We will indulge our zero fossil fuel footprint with a little propane for cooking gas, but can get by just fine without it if we must.We changed our minds over 20 years ago that our "retirement" would be totally different from our parents. My mother has lived her retirement in an Arizona golf course development playing golf four or more times per week and taking several lenghty ocean cruises around the world each year. I don't think there will be that many Baby Boomers like me who will be doing the same in the next 20 years? When I attempt to communicate with my mother about the here and now and the not too distant future, she refuses meaningful conversation. "I don't want to talk about this, Ronnie!" She thinks we have gone off the deep end. And we have!!!Chris's book is intended to help you survive and prosper while going off the deep end because the deep end is where you need to be. And, you need to be creating a like minded community of family, friends and neighbors with mutual interests and skill and resource sharing. One of the things that is certain in my opinion is that the most important resources available to you will be local resources.What we are doing at [...] and with our business [...] is creating a viable alternative for our children, grandchildren, our community and for anyone else who wants advice or assistance. Read "The Crash Course" and also visit Chris's website at [...] for daily news and information.The world is changing. I want your world and my world to change for the better.Ron CastlePS TO THE PUBLISHER: Another major publisher error pricing the Kindle version of this book above $10. I have the hard copy, which provides significantly less profit to all involved in the book distribution. $14 for the Kindle version is a ripoff. Get your head out of the printing press and smell the digital world. Even though Amazon dings you 30% for the Kindle version, $7 revenue for the ebook is more than twice what you are profiting from the paper version? Stupid is forever, but ignorance can be fixed.

Ron Castle voted 0/5

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