Culture matters. Geography matters. Cross pollination of ideas and inventions matter. Simple blame games are insufficient for making economic and technical progress. Sowell gives great information on how progress has been made. He has made history relevant to current issues in development and diplomacy.
The big picture information was great. But the author went into too much detail. This is the only book I have listened to at 3x speed.
Reduce the amount of detail. It is not necessary to know the detailed weather, clothing, etc. to understand that transportation and communication were difficult in the 1700's.
Appreciate the work that went into giving us a constitution that has lasted longer than most since its development.
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