3. The Sixth Extinction

6th extinctionElizabeth Kolbert, 2014

Number 3 on my book list to read in 2014. (may or may not be read as numbered)

I heard MS. Kolbert on a National Public Radio program talking about her book. I immediately thought about something I have been saying for years, “We will be the first species to record or own extinction.” Hopefully this book will contribute to making my observation just another misguided,”‘thank God that did not happen” prediction.

I have never read anything by Kolbert, but apparently her last book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe about climate change is very good. It gives us an understanding of what is happening with climate change and ask us to think about our role in it. I have not read anything other than short articles about climate change and watched news accounts and parts of documentaries, so I plan to read her 2010 book as well, but not sure when yet. Listening to MS. Kolbert, reminded me of a book I read last year, Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit, by Daniel Quinn. qnother book by Quinn is on my list.

1. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1968

2. Ali’s Greatest Fight – Finished last week of February
Bingham, Howard L., Wallace, Max and Ali, Muhammad, 2012

3. The Sixth Extinction
Elizabeth Kolbert, 2014

4. My Ishmael: A Sequel
Daniel Quinn, 1998

5. Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston, 1937

6. Blues People: Negro Music in White America
Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), 1963

7. 12 Years a Slave
Solomon Northup

8. The Art of Waging Peace: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World
Paul K. Chappell, 2014

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About Michael T. McPhearson

Currently Michael is executive director of Veterans For Peace and co-chair of the Don't Shoot Coalition, A Saint Louis based coalition that formed in the aftermath of Michael Brown's police killing death in Ferguson, MO. From August 2010 to September 2013, Michael worked as the National Coordinator with United For Peace and Justice. He is a former board member of Veterans For Peace and as well as Executive Director from 2005 to 2010. He works closely with the Newark based People’s Organization for Progress and the Saint Louis centered Organization for Black Struggle. Michel also publishes the Mcphearsonreport.org expressing his views on war and peace, politics, human rights, race and other things. Michael also launched Reclaimthedream.org website as an effort to change the discourse and ignite a new conversation about Dr. Martin Luther King’s message and what it means to live in just and peaceful communities.