At the top of the non-fiction genre.
This theory, along with those of Diamond and others who look at the end of various nations, go far to explain why an inclusive economy -- one that works for the vast majority -- is the best for preserving a nation over the long haul. I always thought law and order came first in growing a nation's economy, but Acemoglu & Robinson site security of private property as the basic incentive for personal productivity. If you have a stake in how your property is used for income, you have incentive to preserve it for your children. I think this means over paying CEOs and under paying the producers of product/service is bad for the overall economy. Diamond sites environmental devastation as the major downfall of nations. I see environmental abuse as just another way the CEOs and huge companies take value from the system and leave devastation in their wake. These companies look for huge profit now for a small group of top executives and investors instead of long-term economic growth and sustainability for all the employees and their families. If America’s economy fails, it will be on the backs of the leaders of huge corporations and of the political leaders who enabled them.
It was fun to see the excesses of the early 2000s of those in the financial markets. It was a bit tragic to see them try to hold on to that money when the housing market crashed.
This book is read by the actor who played Herriot in the BBC series. Since his voice was already in my head when I read the series, it was just a good extension of my experience.
Herriot was the first among several vets who have written about their experiences. I enjoyed learning about the experiences of vets prior to WWII and the modern miracle medicines we have today.
I like Michael J. Fox and it was interesting to hear about his road to fame.
This is not so much an entertaining book as a useful way to get the dialogue started between you and your spouse/significant other. Although the information is rather bible-based, it is not over done. I started this book on a two-hour drive and my husband reluctantly agreed to listen. We have a great relationship and have been married four years, so he was probably more willing than if we were in a bad place. His critique was that one of the women in one of the examples should have left her husband, because he was treating her so badly. She stuck with the marriage, applied the techniques the counselor (author) recommended and her husband came around. The author has a website were you can download a quiz to figure out your love language and that of your spouse. This was useful.
This book was read by the author, so it is not a professional performance. It sounded like he was reading, but that didn't really detract from the story.
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