I enjoyed this book. I found it an excelent and balanced view of the fall of the Soviet Block. What is chilling is the fact that many of the factors the author points out that lead to the fall of the Soviet Union are present in the current United States: a failure of leadership, the government and medias demonization of opposition, inflation, borrowing, ecessive spending etc. On a positive note, the book also shows what is possible if people are hopeful and persistent.
I am not happy with this selection. I read technical journals and law reviews all the time, so something that is "dry" doesn't bother me. However, I just can't seem to get past the first chapter or two in this audio book. First, the author drops too many names and makes reference to other people's work incessantly - hello - ever hear of a footnote?
Worse, we are reminded over, and over, and over, about how "Western" political observers and commentators are ignorant, and how Europeans do not (or can not) understand China because they are ignorant, myopic and Eurocentric - or just not smart enough or “nuanced” enough to understand the Chinese psyche. This is plainly annoying. I feel like I am being lectured by an arrogant American graduate student who just discovered there is a world beyond American TV and video games. I get it jack - there are other ponts of view regarding political analysis.
I also kept wishing the author would speed it up and get to the point. The introduction was too long and dragged - I finally gave up. Laslty, I don't want to be mean spirited, but the narrator's voice is just hard to take - it is too nasal. (I work with native Chinese and Japanese speakers - so its not an accent or cultural thing - the guy just has an annoying voice)
That being said, I am going to pick up the text and read it. Maybe that will be better. As an audio book though, this is just not worth the time.
I should have listened to the other people who gave this a bad review. This is crap; not worth it
I listened to this over a one week period on the subway to and from work. A good basic work. Made me think about motivation of myself and others from a diff angle. I agree with other posters comments about the poor sound quality.
Another reviewer said this could have been shorter. He/she was right. Could have been a magazine lenth article. That being said, worth alisten if you are interested in the other side of outsourcing and want to get an idea of how life is like for the slave laborers that probably made 9/10ths of the consumer good in your house.
Also helps you understand how and why America got screwed in the last two decades
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