Book Digest: Stories of women in leadership, trends empowering them and more

From accounts of the Spanish Flu to COVID-19, DTE tracks contemporary books on development from leading authors

By DTE Staff
Published: Saturday 15 August 2020

Our Livable World: How Scientists Today Are Creating the Clean Earth of Tomorrow | Marc Schaus | Diversion Books | October 13, 2020

The author leads readers to an exploration of the newest and upcoming innovations in green technology poised to prevent the climate apocalypse — and usher in a sustainable, livable world.

It features interviews with the innovators, real talk on the revolutionary technology, and a clear picture of a cleaner planet in the future.

Conscious Change Today: From Me to We ~ COVID, Climate Change, and the Rise of Feminine-Energy | Kashonia Carnegie | August 9, 2020.

Conscious Change Today uses world news events, personal stories, activities, diagrams and pictures, to explain the undeniable trends currently empowering women, and Gen Zs like Greta Thunberg, resulting in dramatic global change.


Unearthing Justice: How to Protect Your Community from the Mining Industry | Joan Kuyek | Between the Lines | June 15, 2020

Brimming with case studies, anecdotes, resources, and illustrations, Unearthing Justice exposes the mining process and its externalised impacts on the environment, indigenous peoples, communities, workers and governments.

But, most importantly, the book shows how people are fighting back. Whether it is to stop a mine before it starts, to get an abandoned mine cleaned up, to change laws and policy or to mount a campaign to influence investors.


Rivers and Sustainable Development: Alternative Approaches and Their Implications | S Nazrul Islam | Oxford University Press | August 15, 2020

In this book, Nazrul Islam points to the ways in which river policies need to change to ensure sustainable development. He offers a new conceptual framework, using such concepts as the commercial and cordon approaches to rivers and their opposite, the Ecological and Open approaches.

He shows that while the former generally work against sustainability, the latter are conducive to sustainable development.

The book illustrates this reality by drawing upon worldwide experience regarding rivers. Going forward, river policies, therefore, should be based on ecological and open approaches.


The Pandemic Century: A History of Global Contagion from the Spanish Flu to COVID-19 | Mark Honigsbaum| WH Allen | July 1, 2020

The author chronicles 100 years of history in 10 outbreaks. Bringing us right up-to-date with a new chapter on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this fast-paced, critically acclaimed book combines science history, medical sociology and thrilling front-line reportage to deliver the story of our times.

 Echo T Calling: Towards People Centric Governance| Shailendra Joshi | Pratap Chowdary | July 15, 2020

The book is all about administration, public policy, and governance in India as narrated by a career bureaucrat with experience spanning over almost four decades. The book covers a wide array of topics ranging from “laughter is the best medicine” to “the relevance of swadeshi in the modern perspective”.

The author has treated the various topics in this book with an innate simplicity that is likely to be of interest to each and every reader who is connected to the present and concerned about the future of India.


The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World | S Jaishankar| HarperCollins India| September 7, 2020

The decade from the 2008 global financial crisis to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic has seen a real transformation of the world order. The very nature of international relations and its rules are changing before our eyes.

For India, this means optimal relationships with all the major powers to best advance its goals. It also requires a bolder and non-reciprocal approach to its neighbourhood.

In The India Way, S Jaishankar, India’s Minister of External Affairs, analyses such challenges and spells out possible policy responses. He places this thinking in the context of history and tradition, appropriate for a civilisational power that seeks to reclaim its place on the world stage.


When Your Right Hand Man Is A Woman: Empowerment Essentials for Women in Ministry and Leadership | Sylathia Hollie | August 10, 2020

This book seeks to explore the role women have played in the last 2,000 years and provides practical tools and insights into how women can deliver effective leadership.

The book shows why the role of women in ministry is now more important than ever and should be celebrated rather than stifled.


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