What I liked in the book: the observation about everyone being a diplomat of his/her country, culture and/or institution, of the fact that NGOs can be more flexible than nation-states, and the acknowledgement that NGOs, corporations and even single people are important political players in todays world. This is the reality and it certainly should be embraced in one way or another.
However, apart from this, the rest 4/5ths of the book is over-optimistic praise of the actions of said players, at the expense of nation-states with some ideas that contradict each other and present the author's shallow understanding of history or economics mixed in with hopes and dreams of some globalist institutions and think-tanks.
After reading the first part it almost looks as if the good ideas (decentralization of power, initiatives that come from bottom-up instead of top-down) were really a bait and switch for presenting another Utopian vision of the world, which is not a result of proposed changes, just a place where the power was transferred to other big players.
All this also suffers from the one-sided look at human nature, without any serious consideration of the dark side - the thirst for power, the love of money, fraud (praising Khaddaffi's Sovereign Fund in the light of recent events in Libya is really a good illustration of author's bias), racial and ethnic hatred, and all other things that also make us human.
Overall the book is shallow, optimistic, and misleading. It might be important to read it to know that there are people who think this way, and who also have important voice in current world of politics, but apart from that - buyer beware.
It's an interesting story of a woman who became one of the most known sex educators in the world. While it did not fully captivate me, I was still left wanting to know more, not only about her, but also about other people in her life, and her relationships with them. After the long excursion into the origins of both sides of her family, the chapters often seemed like teasers, only skimming on the surface of the story with the promise of something deeper, that unfortunately was left out to allow another interesting part to unfold. I have a feeling that I would enjoy a slower paced, more in depth look into Susie's life even more.
One of the big pluses of the Audible edition is the interview that was added at the end, that spiced up the whole thing and added some more interesting details, making me wish that the author would elaborate on her life even more.
Susie Bright is one of the best narrators that I had the pleasure to listen to.
I didn't realize how much I did not know about the life of the key figure in Islam before I listened to this book. It certainly is a controversial piece for anyone who is emotionally invested in this religion, but the account seems to be pretty balanced, even though it does not paint the main hero in a positive way. The author however tries mostly to avoid judgement or speculation and to present only facts.
In my opinion he succeeds in demystifying the religious figure of the prophet, and to gather as much information about him as is currently possible. Even though there are a few conclusions and suggestions made during the book, and it is quite clear which side of the debate Spencer is on, I feel that he does successfully present the case and the historical account. Even if you disagree with the conclusion, it is definitely worth listening to.
The narration was pleasant to my ears as well.
This is the best book on the subject that I've came across. I liked both the theoretical explanations, and practical examples with recommendations. It is impartial, and also shows how the risks of the rare but emotionally significant events are overinflated and overused by media and politicians, and also how our own brains and "guts" mislead us in our daily life. I liked both the writing style, and the narration. I recommend it to everyone.
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