“I read (skim) a lot of books, but two stand out for me this year.”
Unlike so many of the books on this topic, this is not a screed, but rather a very practical analysis of what needs to happen between now and 2050 in order to make the UN goal of net-zero emissions by then. It’s an optimistic book—Gates believes the goal is achievable—but grounded in economic reality.
History is usually an attempt to explain why things happen, but this fascinating book is the story of something that didn’t happen. Through careful review of the historical record, Zelikow chronicles efforts to bring World War I to a negotiated end in 1916—and spare the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. The conditions were in place for this effort to succeed—but it didn’t. A book you can’t put down. Hard to believe the world came so close to avoiding two more years of unnecessary and tragic bloodshed.