After a really tedious beginning, the story delivers an amazing finish. Dickens delivers a powerful, timeless, message about good, evil, sacrifice, and horrific political choices.
I learn so much about the middle east from reading Rosenberg's books. He's improved with time, but I will definitely finish reading the series.
It's interesting that Reich agrees with conservative economists about the problems in the US economy (inadequate incomes and too much debt) and possible future outcomes. Even John Keynes noted that excess printing of money would accrue wealth to the wealthy and leave the remaining population in the dust. Dylan Grice recently wrote about how inflating the currency is correlated with Romans persecuting Christians, medieval Europe burning witches, the French Revolution's guillotine, and the Germans' slaughter of Jews, Gypsies, etc. Bad things happen when currencies devalue, and that has consistently been paired with inequality in wealth. So, to sum up; if you want to study US economy, many other books are superior to this. I recommend John Mauldin's Endgame, James Rickard's Currency Wars, Peter Schiff's How an Economy Grows and Why it Fails, and Reinhart and Rogoff's This Time is Different.
Reich is right that we live in a critical time; some of his solutions are unsustainable, and would make things worse, in my opinion. No solution will be easy, but ignoring our problems may be deadly.
It's easy to see why this is a classic. We learned so much about ancient Rome, and the story is fascinating. After hearing this book, we promptly bought Claudius, the God, with the same narrator, to hear the rest of the story.
Once is not enough to retain all the useful information in this book. I will definitely listen to this again.
What a fascinating, charming story. It is so well told, it inspired me to take a Python programming class.
I could stand to know a lot less about Steve Jobs. I'm disappointed to learn how selfish, overbearing and narcissistic he was.
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The narration might have been improved with a different voice.
I sure hope this is not made into a movie.
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