This is a Great Look at how Scientific Progress has Made the World a Better Place in the past and will do so in the future.
The authors have a real grasp of the science of the 21st Century and provide and interesting narrative for science and non-science aficionados alike.
I'm not sure the immediate future will be as rosy as the author's think, but they provide a compelling case that over the long run science raises living standards for everyone.
After listening to Keith Richard's and Clapton's bios in addition to Billy Crystal's, I liked Nash's the best. Nash was always the most articulate of Crosby Stills & Nash. Which is remarkable for a guy who never completed high school. He doesn't waste lot of time discussing his drug use like in Keith Richard's bio, nor does he spend a lot of time bragging about his children and worrying about his imminent demise like Billy Crystal. lnstead, Nash gives us the condensed version of what we came for, which is his rise to rock and roll stardom 1st through the Hollies and then with Crosby Stills & Nash. It's a remarkable story. How the Hollies 1st big U.S. hit Bustop was written by the 14 yr. old Graham Gouldman, and how Nash was blown away when the kid performed it for him. And the 1st time he sung together with Crosby and Stills at Joni Mitchell's house. He also brings us up to date with his current pursuits.
What made the audiobook for me was that it was read by Nash himself, a really nice personal touch.
Coming on the heels of "Where am I wearing?" Kelsey Timmerman bestselling book about where our clothes come from, comes this new book, in which Timmerman visits the countries where coffee, cocoa, bananas, lobster, and apples juice, are sourced from. Kelsey Timmerman actually works along with the farm workers, harvesting bananas, and coffee, and goes to sea in a boat with lobster divers, in Nicaragua. So, he does painstaking research on the subject, visiting with countless people involved.
The book is more of an adventure tale, than a dry study. The downside of this is that the book becomes more about Kelsey than where our food comes from, in parts. Like when Kelsey becomes involved in trying to free an indentured servant who works on a cocoa plantation in Africa. He goes on a wild goose chase, which should have been edited down to a couple of paragraphs. However Timmerman is a good writer, and the technique works for most of the book, giving the subject good emotional appeal.
The important fact is that most Americans have no idea that most of the lobster at places like the Red Lobster comes from Nicaragua and not from Maine, including myself before reading this, or that a good amount of our apple juice is concentrate sourced from China. So we are sublimely ignorant that the U.S is importing a good amount of our food. Timmerman is also an activist, trying to raise awareness about the terrible conditions for some of these foreign workers.
This was an enjoyable book, raising awareness, in addition to being a good adventure tale.
Ever wonder why your cable and phone bill goes up every year while your wages are stagnant here in the U.S.A. Or how people's pensions ended up in the pockets of millionaire CEO s after working for a large corporation for 30 years?
This is an interesting and important book written by a veteran reporter about how the corporatocracy is ripping everybody off here in the USA. That's if you would rather know the truth about what goes on, then see the latest photos of Anthony Weiner's peter, or who the Kardashians are sleeping with.
This is a well written, well researched book, about how many large corporations have rip-offed their workers retirement funds. The author Ellen Schultz is a former Wall St. Journal reporter, where some of this story is published. This lends credibility to her book, since WSJ has generally been a pro big business paper with an editorial staff that leans to the right.
The laws defining retirement funds can be complicated, no matter how good the writing. So the book took an extra effort on my part to pay close attention, and I had to listen to a few parts twice. But it was well worth the effort. However, this book will require more effort on the listener, than a less dense subject like a breezy novel. So if you're looking for an easy read, or a distraction this probably isn't it.
If you're a policy wonk like me you are probably aware that many well intentioned laws meant to protect workers and such are watered down by the federal and state bureaucracies that are supposed to administer them. - such is the case with retirement funds. This is the how and why of this book. I commend the author for making a difficult issue accessible and layering on a human touch. If you're concerned about this issue, this is the book to read.
The Big Thirst is a well Written and interesting treatise on the world wide water situation. There are some minor flaws in the writing. The book could have been shorter. The author spends some time redundantly haranguing that Americans and developed nations waste a good deal of water and that we don't have coherent policies in place to deal with water shortages and droughts. Yes, I get it. That's why I purchased this audio-book. So there's little need to repetitively convince me. Otherwise and interesting book about an important issue, seldom discussed.
The book is a fairly non-partisan look at what is already working and what should be done to lower costs and provide better outcomes. The info is easy to understand and flows in an interesting manner. It;s obvious that Joe Flower is an expert in the field after studying and writing about healthcare for many years.
The author has an optimistic view that U.S healthcare consumers can and will get better outcomes and pay less in the future. Yes, but how long will it take, and how much suffering will transpire before that? Even the relatively benign Obamacare is decried as socialized medicine by the right.
If you've ever wondered how Fox became a podium for the right wing in the U.S. then this is the book that explains it. This a well researched, interesting book that examines the history of Roger Ailes, and how and why he crossed the line from journalism, to right wing Republican advocacy.
Michael Grabell has written a well researched book on the stimulus. The writing is good, refreshingly entertaining in portions, as opposed to some other topical economic oriented books.
The book seems well balanced as to whether it was money well spent, some wasted/ most well intentioned/ some well spent.
Don't pay attention to some negative reviews left on amazon
(white whinners) left by tea party types.
As a reporter for the Economist - (I'm a subscriber) Michael Reid presents good info on Latin America with a slant on economics. I have no problem with his view point that Hugo Chavez is a corrupt populist in the tradition of preceding generations of flawed head's of state.
The problem with the book is disorganization. He skips around from country to country when discussing various topics, with the end result of the listener having a problem retaining the info. The topics are often blurred in a hodge podge of issues. Had the book been organized by country it would have been easier to follow.
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