- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications (July 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486456080
- ISBN-13: 978-0486456089
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The paperback copy, which doesn't have any information on who printed or published it, is hardly readable. There are ZERO MARGINS. Parts of the book I can't even see the words in the crease. (See photo). I haven't bought any of the other versions, but I just want to warn people not to buy the paperback version.
Let me first say, most emphatically, that Malthus was not wrong; anyone who believes that Malthus was wrong is either misguided, or simply restating something they heard another misguided person say. The fact of the matter is that Malthus has never been a popular figure (it's rumored that Charles Dickens based his character Ebenezer Scrooge on Malthus) and in today's extremely bi-partisan environment - it's a pretty safe bet to say that he would be sitting in the Republican aisle of Congress. Nevertheless, and all politics aside, much of what has been attributed to Malthus has been reverse-engineered to make him sound like a cold-hearted elitist prude, which he wasn't. I only recommend reading this book and making up your own mind.
Lastly, this is really one of my favorite polemics, so naturally I am biased; however, I can't help but see Malthus in many of my other favorite books: Jared Diamonds - Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition, Garrett Hardin's - Living within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos, Nafeez Ahmed - A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation: And How to Save it, or Chris Martenson's - The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy, And Environment. I think the ideas of 'The Tragedy of the Commons', 'The Tyranny of Small Decisions', and even the great big theory of 'Darwinian Evolution', all have their genesis in Thomas Malthus and An Essay on the Principle of Population. This is a great book - possibly required reading even - and at about 175 pages, including the Introduction, I think everyone might want to read it.