The author takes the reader on a trip around the world and throughout history to examine the roll of debt in human society. From the Sumeria to Ming Dynasty China and Adam Smith this book looks at how debt shapes human relationships and how the commoditization of those contracts has broken the very human bonds we form with one another.
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the WorldNiall Ferguson (Author)
This book is simply outstanding from cover to cover. As someone is a rabid consumer of US history I'm left feeling like a sports fan who just realized he has been watching a game playing out his entire life and only now is recognizing who is on what team. This book is incredibly well researched and provides a deeply contextualized history of the US's many regional states and cultural paradigms. I really cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone interested in politics or American history.
The well researched and written histories of the states and their ethnic origins creates a much more interesting narrative than the generic right/left debate we all believe we live in.
A political primer that isnt 20th century revisionist nonsense
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This is one of my favorite biographical books in my collection. From an insanely dysfunctional household, to the greatest boxer of all time, to jail and hehab, this book is like the ghetto Forest Gump. You will laugh out loud, only to be shocked and appalled two minutes later, and finally transported to a time when hair was big, coke was everywhere and a 19 year old kid made boxing the most exciting sport on earth for a short time.
His accent and voice at times are very much like Tyson and he does a great job approximating the champ telling his own tale.
Iron Mike Unchained
This is a great book for someone who can't stomach lets say a 30+ hour book by other notable authors on the same subject matter. Its very much a Malcom Gladwell like attempt to ad short story narrative to much larger subjects.
This book is an overall interesting but somewhat short and incomplete look at human behavioral psychology. It begins with a novel hook that fades somewhat early in the book and gives way to more classical information on the subject matter. A great read as a primer on the subject but dwarfed by the likes of Pinker etc.
Yes, this book is so in depth and well researched that reading it once simply wouldn't do it justice. To understand the author's thesis you must understand the evolutionary and modern influences on violence, and that is exactly what Pinker explains in this book.
The chapter on the uptick in violence caused by the cultural revolution of the 1960's was told in a way that painted a vivid and nuanced vision of the author's thesis on the subject and was my favorite single moment of the book.
If I had to pick another "scene" it would be the chapter on the neuroscience of violence and the picture it painted of the brains wiring for violence.
Your Brain in 36 Hours....
This is simply put my new favorite book on evolutionary psychology and human anthropology. If you are on chapter three or four and disagree with something or feel something is not explained, just keep reading because nothing is left out of this book. I'm going to listen to all of Pinker's other books just to see what else could possibly be left to learn and am fully expecting to be pleasantly surprised.
No, the book is too esoteric for the people I know who aren't gamers and honestly a little "noob" for the people I do know as gamers(I being one of them). The author does a great job enumerating the point by point play of the games he does talk about, but sometimes it feels like that's all he is doing.
The book ends as it starts, someone flat.
Probably doing coke playing GTA. This is also my least favorite since it introduces his drug problem into the narrative. I understand this is personal to him but its way off topic.
The author is talented, a good writer and some might enjoy this book. As a gamer and former game industry employee I just didn't find that his personal story stirred anything in my soul the way books like "Of Dice and Men" did and thats not even about video games. The book is well written but simply not that interesting unless you have a history with the games he likes and nothing else.
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