I borrowed a copy of this book from the library and have read about half of it. I've now decided that it is something I wanted on my shelf, as I am writing papers about the need to restrain our population in a finite world. This book has important insights from an author who is well qualified to write about economic matters, as he was once an economist with the World Bank. It is a must read for economists, most of whom are decidedly on the wrong "growthmania" track. For the layman it, like Daly's later book, Beyond Growth, has a lot of economists' jargon. The reader has to develop a familiarity with terms like services, stock, throughput, at the margin, and artifacts in order to appreciate what he is saying. When used by economists these terms have meanings unfamiliar to the typical layman. This seems to be a problem largely in earlier chapters, however. Once you get past the fourth chapter (up to page 95 out of 287) the going gets easier.