This book got me hooked on Audible. It was my complimentary download courtesy The History of Rome podcast. Mike recommended it and I think I'll just take his recommendations from here on out. The narration was compelling, particularly when portraying the thoughts of the common soldiers in anticipation of the Battle of Hastings. My biggest complaint: it ended abruptly at the reign of Elizabeth. I want more!
Actually, that's all I've got. It's hard to explain but there was something tedious about this book. There were points that sounded like hyperbole, but I couldn't swear by it. The development of our online cultural space is important, but I'm not sure Pariser quite captured the thing. I hope he keeps trying, though!
(Also, try listening to this while also on a Civ: Beyond Earth binge.)
I really wanted to give Jared Diamond a chance. Unfortunately, this massive work is missing one important thing: a thesis. After listening for several hours, it's clear that Diamond is just listing anecdotes of environmental sociology. An alternate title should've been "Collapse: Some Crummy Ways Civilizations Sometimes Die."
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