Near the top of all audio books I have listened to.
Lisette Lecat is truly outstanding. This is really a performance, not just a narration. I hesitate to recommend the text version because I don't know if I would have enjoyed it nearly as much as I did the audio version. I might have, but her reading was simply superb.
His knowledge of the people, culture, and language makes this a rare find. If you like the travel-history genre (like Kaplan's Balkan Ghosts) I think you will like this as well.
I like Friedman's approach to history. He avoids the common trap that typical forecasters seem to fall into lately- That just because a trend is headed in a certain direction means that we can safely project where it will take us as if nothing will come along to alter that trend. He offers some interesting notions of things that will alter current trends.
He takes his vignettes a little too far in terms of detail, but he does apply the appropriate caveats. Great material for discussion and debate.
Long on cliches, short on action. Reads like a bad spy novel, except without the excitement. There are much better reads out there about our real spies- This book makes our DSS agents sound like a bunch of play-spies.
Really enjoyed his discussion about markets, both their power and limits. Harford doesn't try to explain too much with his theories, and the conclusions he does draw are well supported. If you like books like Freakonomics, you will like this as well.
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