** Disclaimer - Am a classical economist and prefer Austrian economics to Keynes remedies. ***
Unlike many economist authors, this author is unbiased and lays it out factually.
His ability to separate opinion from facts makes the book easy to digest. Hats off to the author.
His first brilliant assessment that Keynes talks about Macro while Hayek talks about Micro economics sets the stage and expectations that the two shall never compete on an equal platform.
Next, he walks us through each personal life, although i feel he explored and criticized Hayek's personal life more than Keynes.
The success of Keynes and how governments devoured his advice of intervention is elucidated clearly. I can now see how the world fell into his enthrall (and his ability of public speak).
Hayek's greatest weakness and the classical school's weakness was its extreme insistence on laissez faire to the point of being cruel.
Add to that, Hayek's inability as a public speaker. If probably Hayek were like President Reagan, we would have seen a Hayekian world now. Sadly Keynes was a better preacher.
The first Great conflict between Hayek and Keynes as criticism of Keynes's first book makes for interesting reading, anecdotally.
Keynesian economics assumes that the economy is a fragile thing, one that involves constant tweaking by the State. This automatically assumes that entrepreneurship is guided by the hand of the State. Keynes does not explain business cycles and why they happen. Instead he talks about how to spend yourself out of recession. However, the Great Depression was becoming a past thing by 1936 as the author noted, before keynes remedies were fully applied.
Hayek assumes that the economy is a living, breathing sentient being which can find its own path through the judgements and decisions of millions of entrepreneurs who make them. Much like the millions of cells in a human body.
Hayek proves that State intervention skews up the investment judgements made by individual investors and thus forces them to make bad judgements.
That may be true, but when an economy is in a slump, Hayek prescribes doom and despair to Keynes's optimistic approach.
In short, a book worth reading.
It's a miracle that we haven't had an accidental full-scale detonation of a H-bomb.
The author tears apart the myth that the military has the utmost safety standards for building, maintaining, storing and transporting nuclear weapons.
Heck, if I run my business the way the military runs its nuclear program, I would be in jail, for a long time.
The author clearly documents the stumbling way the military went through arming the nation to the teeth with dodgy nuclear weapons with a safety record that was criminally insane. The fact that none of those responsible have been prosecuted clearly shows the military-industrial complex power and reach.
Bureaucracy that refused to adopt higher safety standards, refused proper communication protocols during Korean and Vietnam wars, the battle between military and civilians over who should control nuclear weapons, and the stupidity of Lemay who got branded as a Nazi even though he fought against them... all are laid out bare.
I shudder to think what would have happened if an accidental detonation had happened. Heck, if such a thing had happened after 9/11, the US would be at war with nations that had nothing to do with it.
Nuclear safety is a myth.
Excellent story, good narration.
Story is linear and tight. But not rushed. Especially the infighting between countries over an AI,
The author is not alive. So there is no next novel.
The book starts off very well. But ending was hurried and unbelievable.
Very good performance by narrators. Could feel the bright heat and light of the fierce blue sun and also the orange glow of the deep red sun.
Each actor is narrated well, especially the scene with Liquid Oxygen.
The book itself seems meandering too much. It takes random walks into past and leaves us stranded there for long time.
"Awful" Arno's side of story.
This story has more shocks than before. The sudden becoming of a Widow and the death of a soldier whom we gotten to like.
Narration is good and has improved.
This series is as good as Worldwar series.
We see the perspective from an American in Berlin, two jewish families in Berlin, a Czech sniper using an anti-tank weapon as a sniper rifle, an International, an infantry company led by Awful Arno, Theo Hossbach and his Panzer III, and Stuka pilot.
Also is the Russian view from Ivan, and others.
This tale is engrossing, funny and gives an insight into Spanish civil war that I did not know.
I bought this with some trepidation.
Usually adaptations are not well narrated or have a proper story.
That is not the case in this.
The story is really good and explains a lot of details absent in the movie.
Imagine the movie to be a preview trailer of this book.
Plus the narration is good and engrossing.
A book is only as good as its narration.
Ray Porter starts off very well, but as the plot dilutes and convulses, he loses interest and moves to a more mundane recital. Towards the end, he sounded happy that the book has ended, not with a bang, but with a whimper.
14 has no role to play in this book. Apart from making astronauts of Nate Tucker and others, it has no role to play before or after.
The novel starts with the premise of LOST and when I heard the spinning compass, I was eagerly looking forward to more thrills. Sadly the author crashed it and it burned.
It ends up with nothing of significance.
Nick does a brilliant, engrossed narration of a well-written story.
I was fearing for the end, lest it may be a sad one. Thank God, Manel did not end it that way/
He has given hope to the Lawyer.
The story is different from similar ones in following ways:
1) Its NOT set in USA. Its set in Spain.
2) Its not all Gung-ho like Morningstar Strain or Peter Clines ones. Its more personal.
3) Characters are less.
4) Surprises galore in both pleasant and unpleasant ways.
I assume Audible has something against this author: why else would they use such awful narrators to narrate Bob Mayer's stories?
The story is excellent, especially starting with King Arthur being one of the Alien factions.
But the narration is like sand in a tasty meal. You want the meal, you eat the sand too !
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