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S. Emery

California, USA. | Member Since 2010

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  • The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Matt Ridley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (198)

    Life is getting better at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down all across the globe. Though the world is far from perfect, necessities and luxuries alike are getting cheaper; population growth is slowing; Africa is following Asia out of poverty; the Internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people's lives as never before.

    Darkcoffee says: "Delightful Case for Things Looking Up"
    "Good points, but tiresomely smug..."
    Overall

    The imperious tone gets to be obnoxious after a few hours, making it less easy to buy the contrarian arguments laid out. The affected narrator makes this tone even more obnoxious. It is possible to disagree with people without sounding so proud. Many sweeping generalizations are made without specific support, further weakening the book's message. This is, however, a worthy read for liberal minds, if only because the contrarian book lacks the venom of most right-leaning books.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful

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