This book had some interesting portions.
The summary of the industrialization of India is concise, solid, and compelling in a fact-y way. In addition, the discussion of the supply chains of modern goods is interesting and vivid.
The rest of the book is fairly forgettable. There is little original research nor are any interesting theses proposed. The writing is competent but not terribly engaging.
I recommend it if you are very interested in one of the above subjects. Otherwise take a pass.
The first chapter had some interesting allegories that are both inspiring and thought provoking, then Ms Seelig seems to run out of steam.
At one point she actually brags that she is not qualified to write a book but is doing it anyways.
I was so impressed with Ian Morris' viewpoint and breadth that I purchased the hardcopy to re-read and share with friends. As the cover says, this is possibly the closest we'll ever come to a grand unified theory of history. Even more enjoyable if you're familiar with the basics of complexity theory as his arguments (seemingly unintentionally) flow very much along those lines.
The only quibble - and this is a minor one - is that there is significant discussion of various diagrams throughout the book This of course doesn't come across in the audio-format however they are generally explained well enough to be not completely lost.
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