San Francisco Public Library

Nonfiction Reading List: Summer 2011

The California electricity crisis
James L. Sweeney

For those who want to get beyond finger-pointing, Sweeney, a professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University, itemizes the chain of events that led California to restructure its electricity system, the causes for the failure of that restructuring in 2001, and lessons for the future.
333.7932 Sw35c

Can renewable energy replace fossil fuels?
Hal Marcovitz

This useful book helps students learn about and evaluate the complex issue of energy. Headings focus on "What Are the Origins of the Controversy over Fossil Fuels?" "How Affordable Is Renewable Energy?," and "What Policies Should Guide Renewable Energy's Future?"
333.794 M3339c

Careers in focus: Energy

Covers 20 jobs in the energy field.
333.7902 C1808 2006

Children of the sun: a history of humanity's unappeasable appetite for energy
Alfred W. Crosby

Crosby, Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, uses a finely honed sense of humor and a real understanding of what constitutes progress to describe how humankind's search for larger and more complex ways to tap the energy of the sun parallels virtually every aspect of history.
333.79 C8834c

Coming clean: breaking America’s addiction to oil and coal
Michael Brune

Brune, executive director of Rainforest Action Network, shows how motivated citizens can kick the fossil-fuel habit and pressure policymakers and corporations to change their energy priorities. This report covers the economic, environmental, moral, and public-health costs of fossil-fuel dependence and describes the most promising developments in renewable energy.
333.790973 222

Cultivating the energy of life
Huayang Liu; translated and introduced by Eva Wong.

The Hui-ming Ching is a classic Taoist manual on the circulation of internal energy by means of meditation. The inspiration for many techniques of Qigong, this Taoist treatise describes the landmarks of spiritual development and documents the spiritual transformation process from start to finish.
613 L73987c

Empires of light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the race to electrify the world
Jill Jonnes

In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary men —Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. Historian Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless world of cutting-edge science, invention, intrigue, money and death.
621.309 J735e 2004

Jane S. Shaw and Manuel Nikel-Zueger

Energy--a vital component of society--is a constant subject of controversy. This book looks objectively at energy depletion and the environmental and health effects of various energy sources, offering a balanced discussion of these and other issues related to the harnessing of energy for human use.
333.79 Sh268e

Foreign oil dependence
Susan C. Hunnicutt, editor.

This book features a series of pro and con essays on the role of oil in energy policy, energy independence, foreign relations, and transportation, and alternative energy sources such as coal and ethanol. Barack Obama is one of the contributors.
333.8232 F76121

Get energy! : empower your body, love your life
Denise Austin

Fitness guru Denise Austin shows how simple changes can add up to increased energy levels throughout the day. From the foods they consume to the way they sit in their chairs, readers won't believe how Denise's quick and easy plan will dramatically increase their energy levels and super-charge their lives.
613 Au764g

Introduction to energy in California
Peter Asmus

Making the complex world of energy science and policy accessible to a wide audience, Peter Asmus examines the rich human history of California's earliest oil and hydroelectricity developments and explains the natural history underpinning the state's cornucopia of energy sources.
333.7909 As55i

Ten technologies to save the planet: energy options for a low-carbon future
Chris Goodall

We face the dual crises of peak oil and climate change. How will we meet future global energy demands? This book combines cutting-edge analysis and fascinating stories of the inventors, scientists, and entrepreneurs developing these real-world technologies.
333.794 G61t

The way of energy: mastering the Chinese art of internal strength with chi kung exercise
Kam Chuen Lam

The first comprehensive guide to the most powerful form of Chi Kung ever developed, this book tells how this gentle yet beneficial form of exercise unlocks deep reserves of energy, builds internal stamina, strengthens immunity, relieves chronic illness, and promotes the natural regeneration of the nervous system.
613.7148 C471w

The Wizard of Menlo Park: how Thomas Alva Edison invented the modern world
Kava, Alex

From the 1878 public phonograph demonstrations through the development of incandescent light, a power generation and distribution system, and the first motion picture cameras, Edison’s name became synonymous with the age of technological marvels. But this critical biography shows that his greatest invention may have been his own celebrity.
B Ed48st