The commendation's mention of the risks Bowden ventured motivated me to pick it up. Haven't gotten far, but I'm impressed by its almost recklessly free style. Here's a memorable passage from early on:
My beliefs are dull and dismissed out of hand.
I believe that resources are limited and that no existing or imagined energy system can sidestep this fact.
I believe that the increase in human numbers inhales ever more resources.
I believe no energy system will deliver the punch of our declining fossil fuels at the same price.
I believe that no energy system will solve our problems since the problems come from within us and not from our turbines.
I believe in red wine. And the scent of women. And the nuzzle of all dogs of all ages.
I believe political systems create no resources but devour them at varying rates.
I believe the politics or right and left matter no at all to the bird on the wing or the trees dying on the hillsides.
I believe in the future because the future is here and I am a part of it.
I believe. Not wonder. Not doubt. Not know. I believe.
I believe in the dead city. I believe in the nest.
I also believe in the late quartets of Beethoven and Gershwin's "Summertime."
Oh, my God, do I believe.