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Bottleneck: Humanity's Impending Impasse Hardcover – May 6, 2009
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About the Author
William R. Catton, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Sociology, Washington State University, has also taught and done research in Canada, New Zealand, and elsewhere in the U.S. After World War II U.S. Navy service, he majored in history at Oberlin College and earned his Ph.D.at the University of Washington. Research on wild land resource use and management led to his later focus upon principles of ecology. Bottleneck is a sequel to his 1980 book, Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change. He has written more than a hundred journal articles and contributed book chapters, plus several dozen book reviews. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Yes, there are digressions here, even about baseball and trips and other minutiae, but this gives "Bottleneck" a leisurely, discursive air, perfect for assessing the looming catastrophes.
This book 'Bottleneck' rambles, digresses on everything from baseball minutea, a detailed history of 20th century sociology and sociologists, to children's fables and his family life. Most of us are too pressed for time to filter the useful information in this book from the extensive irrelevant digressions. Much of this, quite frankly, is probably due to the writer's advanced age at the time that this book was written, and poor editing. It is a catch-all college professor's memoirs jumbled around a serious subject.
Everything in 'Bottleneck' that is useful is a rehash of what the writer gave us in 'Overshoot'. Your time and money are much better spent pursuing that work. 'Overshoot' should be re-released under the title 'Bottleneck' and this effort should be scrapped.
And yes, I have read both books.
My hat is off to this writer. He has left behind a great work. But this book is not it.