By Rob Larson
Bleakonomics is a brief and darkly funny advisor to the 3 nice crises plaguing brand new international: environmental degradation, social clash within the age of austerity and monetary instability. Written for someone who's brooding about how we’ve come up to now, Rob Larson holds mainstream fiscal conception up opposed to the bleak truth of a planet in meltdown. He appears at scientists’ conclusions approximately weather swap, the company world’s reviews approximately its personal energy, and divulges the fingerprints of finance on American elections. With a distinct and interesting method of each one an important topic, scholars, lecturers and activists will discover a lot to understand during this quiet call-to-arms for a saner and extra reliable global.
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