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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2014: In addition to having one of the cooler author names, Funk has written
one of the more fascinating accounts of the coming economic impact of climate change. Rather than exploring the science
or politics of an alarmingly warming world (a la An Inconvenient Truth), the author has focused exclusively on the
economics and opportunism developing around climate change. The result is part eco-thriller, part adventure story, part
investigative exposé. There’s a wildly speculative and entrepreneurial game being played out there by some
forward-thinking risk takers. Not a hand-wringer among them, these are the gamblers who see profit where others see
doom. Impressively researched over six years, Windfall takes us to the front lines: to the deck of a Canadian
battleship, where the author blasts a machine gun into the ice cap; to formerly frozen Siberian lands, which investors
envision as future mega-farms; to the Sudan, Greenland, Wall Street, and beyond. Like a mashup of Michael Lewis and Mark
Twain, Funk is an intrepid investigator and a lively, smart writer. From eco hedge funds to dam building to desalination
plants, he shows how climate change is creating new opportunities and a potential boon for cowboy entrepreneurs. This is
the rare book that’s both important and highly readable. --Neal Thompson