The Old Way: A Story of the First People

by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25)

Anthropologist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime studying the bushmen of the Kalahari desert, and she believes these “First People,” the world’s last hunter-gatherers, hold the key to the mystery of humanity’s past.

Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage

by Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston

(Yale University Press, $25)

A corporate strategist and a Yale professor of environmental law team up to describe how all kinds of businesses—from Chiquita to Toyota—are turning green policies into profits.

Jane Goodall: The Woman who Redefined Man

by Dale Peterson

(Houghton Mifflin, $35)

The first complete biography of the celebrated primatologist who exposed the social lives of chimpanzees, and, in the process, changed our understanding of what it means to be human.

Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World

by Christopher M. O’Brien

(New Society Publishers, $17.95)

The dramatic history of beer goes back almost as far as civilization itself. Christopher M. O’Brien traces brewskis through the ages and explains how trends like organic beer and small-scale, local breweries are changing beer’s (and Earth’s) future for the better.

This article originally appeared in Plenty in January 2007.

Copyright Environ Press 2007