For anyone who wants the rest of the story about the interwar years between WWI and WWII. Compelling tale of how the world got here from there in the context of post-WWI Europe. A must-read for economists, historians, public officials, and military strategists. Nests well as a post-script to Barbara Tuchman's 'Guns of August.'
Having seen the movie first, I came away from the book very impressed with how well Coppola treated the story. Anyone taking the time for the book will come away with greater insight of the characters and setting and will view the theatrical version with greater perspective. A solid story.
Interesting, though disjointed. Philosophically, the premise of rational thinking will only go as far as incentives to be rational will allow. Only when the individual cost of irrationality is greater than the collective benefit will the behavior change.
The second half of the book is far more interesting from a practical standpoint. Genomics, bio-ethics, bio-engineering, and the framework of knowledge pursuits are all compelling subjects worthy of their own books.
The author sneaks in a fair number of assumptions (or facts with weak bearing to his premise), which is ironic given his position on irrationality.
Reads like the compilation of study notes gathered over the years. The premise revolves around how the world (didn't) change after 9-11, though the author delves into the history of ballistic missile defense and technology evolution during the cold war. Many interesting, yet unlinked ideas. Much finger pointing and passive-aggressive arguing. Still a good read for any generalist looking to expand their portfolio on perspectives.
Non fiction. We all know how it ends.
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