This book has fascinating material, however the author and narrator present the material in a horribly boring, uninteresting way. The book is basically lists of facts, and becomes difficult to follow after a while. I found my mind wandering off again and again, to the point where I had to continuously rewind in order understand the point he was making.
Changed my view on Wal-Mart. Now I still believe WalMart is somewhat evil, but at the same time is only a product of capitalism. WalMart isn't all bad, and has most likely been a benefit to an American's quality of life.
It was not an extremely biased view of walmart, either positive or negative, the author merely did his best to explain how walmart does business based on some very specific examples.
This book confirmed for me that there are items that are OK to buy at walmart and others that are not.
I enjoyed this book immensely. The authors have an interesting view of the world, in that they see the world through numbers and correlation, and present this view in the book. I believe that the authors truly do not have a bias on social issues, and merely present what 'the numbers' show.
I can say that it offered me a different way to see the world, and some new questions to ask myself about what I already know. i.e. Does the latest and greatest safety equipment really make things safer?
Author does a great job of explaining what the numbers and corilation's mean, in order to avoid some serious moral dilemas.
I'd highly recommend this book if you like science/philosophy non fiction.
I found Bryson's presentation of the history of science to be fascinating. Highschool and College Science classes often credit scientists with discoveries, leaving out the inspiration, deception, and ego's of the scientists involved. Bryson captures much of this as well as the true genius behind many of the scientists and their discoveries.
The book was well read, and easy to listen to. I would highly reccomend this book to any science 'geek'.
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