"If someone wants an overall view of how energy gets used, where it comes from, and the challenges in switching to new sources, this is the book to read." Bill Gates, chairman, Microsoft
"I would choose Sustainable Energy as a text over its competitors because MacKay has moved the energy discussion in the direction where energy alternatives can be considered quantitatively." American Journal of Physics
"This is a brilliant book that is both a racy read and hugely informative . . . It shows . . . how cars might become far more efficient but why planes cannot." David Newbery, director, Electricity Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge
"Here are the numbers in a form easy to digest about energy use and availability. Fantastic achievement." Professor Volker Heine, Fellow of the Royal Society
"May be the best technical book about the environment that I've ever read. This is to energy and climate what Freakonomics is to economics." boingboing.net
"A tour de force . . . As a work of popular science it is exemplary . . . For anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the real problems involved [it] is the place to start." economist.com
If you are confused about energy use and sustainable options then this is the book for you.
I cannot recommend this book too highly for anyone who wishes to understand the energy issues facing the industrial world.
The author does a great job of explaining the complex in very understandable terms that we all can understand.
I eagerly read through parts of this book because of the incredible clarity which this author brings to a vexing topic.
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Great book, full of good valid information on sustainable resources.Published 14 days ago by Maria Elena Soto
I used this in a class on Megacities and Sustainability (in conjunction with Meadows' book "Thinking in Systems"), and students really liked the ability to look at various... Read morePublished 16 days ago by mikado48
This book came highly recommended by knowledgeable friends. It is full of important information, but I would not recommend reading it on Kindle. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. Leslie Miller-Bernal
The author, using back of the envelope calculations, provides an invaluable insight into the reality, and nuts and bolts of environmentalism.Published 6 months ago by Varied reader
This book was published in February 2009. At the time, it was well received, despite the fact that the author was making global predictions based on British data, i.e. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jayarc
excellent, the only criticism is that the whole book is based on British data. It is a very complete study of energy, the reader just ahs to remmeber that this is based on British... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gabba
I read the free e-book first and liked it so well that I bought the paperback book to get more readable graphs and tables. Read morePublished 11 months ago by systemguy
Easy read with lots of information about energy. A wonderful book full of facts about generation of electricity and options for how it can be done in the future. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hill Country Bob