After 17 hrs of listening, I have to say I learned a lot from this book. The content is really good, begins with ancient trade between Han Chinese and Roman, and ends with 20th century trades with some economic theoretical analysis. Majority of the book is storytelling, so it’s fairly easy for non-economy specialists. It provides ample of evidence on why trade is so important, how much it influenced the world from ancient time to recent, and how protectionism influenced the trade and the world as well.
Although the book has only one focus, which is international trade, it does present studies on both sides for and against trades. I personally do not perceive this book as promoting either propaganda.
I gave this book a 4-star rating. If I can rate on the content, it probably deserves a 5-star, but there are plenty of space for the narrator to improve the overall experience, especially in the first 2/3 of the book. That being said, although the narrator could have done better, the book remains comprehensible as it is currently narrated.
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