Anne Tazewell & Sami Grover
A Good Spy Leaves No Trace Big Oil, CIA Secrets and a Spy Daughter's Reckoning is part ghost story, part secret political history, part call to action and part memoir. It is an investigation of loss, love, oil, and the alternatives, a story both personal and political. Clean energy expert Anne E Tazewell investigates the life of her absent father, a WWII espionage hero, philosopher, CIA agent and Middle East oil consultant in the 1950s & 60s. Impeccably researched and heartfelt, A Good Spy is a fast moving, multigenerational story about family, a riveting exploration of how the past can influence the present and lead to a better future.
—John Perkins, author of The New Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man.
—Will Harlan, author of Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America
From diet to transport to energy use, the dominant culture tells us that the climate crisis is caused by the lifestyle choices we make. Yet whether it’s because of our socioeconomic status or the neighborhood that we call home, these choices are often governed by the systems in which we live. Taking a tongue-in-cheek approach, self-confessed eco-hypocrite Sami Grover says we absolutely should minimize the impact of our lifestyles, but a clean break from the status quo is simply not attainable for most. Instead, he argues, we need to target what actions we do take so they create systemic change. Along the way, he skewers those pointing fingers, celebrates those who are trying, and offers practical pathways to start making a difference.
"What a great book. Grover pushes well beyond BTUs and solar installs to confront shame, duplicity, and the multi-ality of being human. It's daring, bold, and wonderfully provocative. One moment I'm hoping he buys the new crepe pan, the next I'm staring in the mirror thinking about my wasteful habits. It's a great read with an epic span — from the morality of procreation to a wheelbarrow of horse shit and back again. Loved it."
— Lyle Estill, author, Small Is Possible, grandparent, distiller
"If you are a climate concerned person who struggles with the nuanced complexity of being "green," Sami's book will help you navigate this contemporary moral maze with intelligent bigger picture thinking plus a rich seam of strategies and initiatives large and small for a healthier planet."
— Maddy Harland, co-founder & editor, Permaculture Magazine, author, Fertile Edges