Eric Lonergan, co-author of Supercharge Me: Net Zero Faster recommends some brilliant books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Eric's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Manias, Panics and Crashes by Charles Kindleberger, is my favourite smart thinking book. Why? If you only read the title, you have already learnt a lot. Kindleberger’s history of financial mania is required reading for any student of human behaviour. It reveals deep, recurring, features of collective psychology. It is also a great introduction for anyone trying to understand stock markets, cryptocurrencies, or Pokemon cards.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Mark Jacobson’s textbook for the general public, 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything. It’s the most important book I have read in decades, and the only textbook I know which is a page-turner. If you want to know how to collapse emissions, Jacobson makes it very clear that we only have ourselves to blame. My only complaint is with Jacobson’s discussion of the cost of capital - he omits to mention that faced with a huge investment challenge to make our energy system sustainable, we happen to blessed with the lowest cost of borrowing to the state in history. That is quite important and something we discuss in Supercharge Me.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
My earliest book-related childhood memory is sitting at my mother’s feet listening to her reading The Odyssey, and being spellbound.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I have a hierarchy. Special books only in physical in form. Kindle for convenience and travel. Being Irish, there is a special role for audiobooks. Some classics - such as Flann O’Brien’s At-Swim-Two-Birds and Joyce’s Ulysses only work for me if read out loud.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Hodges Figgis in Dubin. My father used to to take me there as a child.
Image Copyrights: Agenda Publishing (Supercharge Me), Palgrave Macmillan (Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises, Seventh Edition), Cambridge University Press (100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything), Penguin Books Ltd (The Odyssey).