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Richard

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  • A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William J. Bernstein
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (71)

    In A Splendid Exchange, William J. Bernstein tells the extraordinary story of global commerce from its prehistoric origins to the myriad controversies surrounding it today. He transports listeners from ancient sailing ships that brought the silk trade from China to Rome in the second century to the rise and fall of the Portuguese monopoly in spices in the 16th.

    Mark says: "Very interesting and Germane to Today's World"
    "Great book, would be nice to be better narrated"
    Overall

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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