Eighty years ago one had to own "the five foot shelf of books"- The Harvard Classics. Content was 100% Dead White Males, but it had everything a Gentleman needed to have read to hold a conversation at the club or cocktail party. The 21st century version, needed to hold one's own at an antiglobalism rally, culture jam or Greendrinks party is probably the series of No-Nonsense guides from the New Internationalist Co-operative. The New Internationalist "exists to report on issues of world poverty and inequality; to focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless in both rich and poor nations; to debate and campaign for the radical changes necessary if the basic material and spiritual needs of all are to be met."
The No-nonsense guides cover Treehugger subjects like Climate Change, Water and Fair Trade. Others cover Womens issues, terrorism and global media. Each volume is slim, concise and well written. Hey kids, collect'em all at ::New Internationalist Found at ::Grass Roots