An excellent demonstration of how individual decisions and historical trends can combine to produce radical, and unpredictable, social and political changes. The book is relevant to the current debate between those who on the one side believe in historical necessity and those who believe in the power of human will to produce "hope and change."
I lived my life in the second half of the twentieth century and remembered or experienced the events covered in this audiobook. Yet, after listening, I both remember and understand both them and myself better.
This is a work which gives meaning to life.
A detailed history not only of Senator Johnson, but of the Senate, its workings and history, as well.
A chance to hear not only their words but their personalities.
It was very short.
The audio, though better than I expected, was still lacking modern quality. A translation of the the Russian would have been useful.
I was primarily interested in a discussion of the economic issues, where the economists agreed, where they disagreed, and how Hayek and Keynes changed their opinions over time.The book assumed more knowledge of the issues than I have, and while, making the positions of the economists clear, it did not help me understand the reasoning behind their conclusions. Nor did I get a clear understanding of how - and why- their positions changed over time.On the other hand, the biographies of not only Hayek and Keynes, but of their contemporaries - and the setting of their lives in the events of their times - were fascinating. I was especially impressed with the portrayal of Herbert Spencer, the Webbs, and Alfred Lord Marshall. The portrayal of the Austrian school was weaker but still made profitable listening.This work was both enjoyable and profitable. I expect to listen to it again.
This was originally produced for Knowledge Products on tape. I have listened to the economics series of which this is a part several times - and learn something each time. The production is excellent, the narration interesting and the topic fascinating -even when I disagree with the conclusions.
The poems selected were great but the quality of narration was uneven and did not hold my or my grandchildren's interest.
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