I liked the way the story about the Joads was intertwined with a more general persective of the situation in the region at the time. And I really got caught in the story. I also feel that some of the things that were true then, are still true now, and that lessons can be drawn from the crisis in the 1930's to our current crisis.
I have just read a Dutch book from Geert Mak, called Reizen zonder John, about the travels of John Steinbeck in the latter part of his life.
Keeping up with the Joads
This book has been a great listen. It was revealing, insightfull and confrontational. I liked it so much, that I listened to it twice in a row.
I recommend it highly to anyone not afraid to take honest new look at himself and the way he sees the world.
This is a great book. Michael Lewis has done an amazing job in describing the way that high frequency traders make their money and the way the rules and regulations have accommodated them. At certain points, you'll lose all faith in humanity because of the way greed dictates the way big banks and HF traders operate. But the main characters will also restore the faith, since most of them walked away from highpaying wallstreet jobs to try and sabotage the HFT business with their new index IEX.
This book deserves more then the five stars that I can award to it.
I am a big fan of the Freakonomics guys. I have read their earlier books and I always listen to their podcast.
In their new book, Steven and Stephen have not really added new insights for the true fans. Almost all the subjects and studies discussed in this book have been a subject of a podcast.
I still highly enjoyed the book though, and I reckon most true fans will. And for anyone who isn't a regular listener to the podcasts, this will be a truly insightfull book I reckon.
I really liked listening to mr Taleb's book Fooled by Randomness. As a result, I bought his other books as an audio book as well. But The Bed of Procrustes is a collection of aphorisms without a storyline or even context. As true and insightfull as the aphorisms are, it is very hard to keep concentrated on a bunch loose phrases.
I did really find a lot of the aphorisms funny and insightfull, so I will recommend this book, but if you are in two mind between buying it in paper or as an audiobook, I recommend you to buy the book in print.
The future that Steven Kotler and Peter Diamandis describe sounds amazing.
I do feel that they are overly optimistic though and a bit blind for the possible setbacks.
They discuss the Arab Spring, but not the war in Syria. So they cherry pick the news they like and that fits their story. This makes the story a bit flawed in my view. Incorporating the current setbacks and explaining them in the context of their story would have made the story much more powerful.
I truly hope that their ideas about the coming abundance in Water, Food, Energy, Education, Healthcare and Freedom will come true. But I am afraid that there are too many powerful people and companies that have too much interest in keeping the current status quo intact.
Another flaw in their reasoning in my view is that they expect Moore's Law and exponential growth to apply to each field they discuss. I hope that in a few area's this might be true. But I also think that most progress in these field will turn out to be slow, linear progress and not exponential at all.
I hope that I am wrong though! :-)
Overall I will rate this book with four stars since I really did enjoy the story, it gives a lot of hope for the future!
As a last note, the writers do a lot of number crunching in this book. I found it a lot harder to stay focused listening to this, then I would have had I been reading it I think.
I like the way how the theory and the research are intertwined and how revealing and surprising the results were.
You are not who you think you are
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