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VINE VOICEon 9 June 2004
An ideal book for anyone wanting to understand the big issues in environmental policy and development, the green movement or indeed the developing world as a whole. The book is witty, clearly argued and gives a great overwiew of all the main issues and paradoxes (how can development be sustainable?), as well as their historical origins. Helpfully, it also clearly referenced and indexed.As someone who works in development i have found i keep returning to the book whenever i need material for a presentation or a seminar. Should be on the bookshelf of most of our policy-makers too....
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on 3 February 2011
With "The Principles of Sustainability" Dresner wrote a great resource for everyone who wants to know what sustainability is, where as well as when it emerged, and where it might go. Especially for researchers this book offers plenty of well researched facts about the history of sustainability and how it became the concept that it is today.

After reading many guides on how to become sustainable I found it quite refreshing to read this book. Especially the first chapter about the history of sustainability made me think about how the evolution of sustainability still influences today's business practices and how we seem to diverge from the original idea. Reading Dresner's work reminds you of the basics of sustainability and causes you to re-think about the big sustainability manifestos out there such as "The Ecology of Commerce". Although I think that chapter three about the future of sustainability is a bit brief and better outlined in other books, I enjoyed the read and would recommend it to everyone who likes to take a step back before taking two steps ahead.

- Frank Roettgers, author of Going Green Together
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on 11 October 2002
As a university student new to the economic theory behind sustainability I came across this book quite by chance.
I must say it is quite a witty primer and did set out the principles really well with more contemporary relevance than some of the dry text books I have recently been introduced to. There's a truly great quote from Joan Rivers in it too!
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