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Bryan

New York, New York, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Development as Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Amartya Sen
    • Narrated By Byron Wagner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    By the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economics, an essential and paradigm-altering framework for understanding economic development - for both rich and poor - in the 21st century. Freedom, Sen argues, is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of the world's entire population. Releasing the idea of individual freedom from association with any particular historical, intellectual, political, or religious tradition, Sen clearly demonstrates its current applicability and possibilities.

    Keith says: "Absolutely indispensable yet tough to digest"
    "The book that launched a field"
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    The breadth and depth of Sen's thinking is astounding - there's a reason he got a Nobel. Impressive erudition conveyed eloquently.

    Be warned: this book is dense. Those without a philosophy or economics background may struggle digesting some of the message; it is very esoteric. However, those willing to do so will certainly glean much from it irrespective of their background.

    That said, the book itself is brilliant; an exposition of Sen's seminal capabilities approach.

    I'm also biased. This is one of my favourite books and I study development. I've read it multiple times (though it is sufficiently dense that you can continue getting something out of it with each read) and bought the audiobook to supplement.

    The book and author are world class.

    It's not a light read, but it does systematically go through how to best think about development raising a number of questions that have since been pursued by many other scholars and practitioners.

    I've read well over 1,000 books and this is in my top five alongside Sen's The Idea of Justice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Haiti After the Earthquake

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Paul Farmer
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep, Edoardo Ballerini, Edwidge Danticat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    On January 12, 2010, a major earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people died, and the greater part of the capital was demolished. Dr. Paul Farmer, U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti, who had worked in the country for nearly thirty years treating infectious diseases like tuberculosis and AIDS, and former President Bill Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, had just begun to work on an extensive development plan to improve living conditions in Haiti.

    Bryan says: "If you read one book about Haiti make it this one"
    "If you read one book about Haiti make it this one"
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    Farmer's knowledge of, and commitment to, Haiti is perhaps unparalleled by renowned authors.

    An illustrative tour de force capturing the devastation, hope, and resilience of Haiti and Haitians.

    Lacks the usual condescension, paternal aggrandizement and self-censorship usually associated with narrations of Haiti. An open and honest account of Haiti after the earthquake including triumphs and shortfalls.

    For those familiar with Farmer's work, or with an interest in Haiti or poverty alleviation or social justice, this book is highly recommended.

    Here's to hoping they turn "Infections and Inequalities" and "The Uses of Haiti" into audiobooks as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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