This is bit of self-plagarism from his earlier works which were much more comprehensive and comprehendible. A feeble attempt to explain M theory. Finally, to me the book seemed to be a vehicle for Hawkings to declare that there is no God and that astro/nuclear physics proves the fact. Nothing new here except for great cynicism from a man who, in an alternate universe, awakes each day thankful for the Grace of God.
Read this at the risk of weakening of your faith. If you are already godless, no worries. This book will not risk a relationship with God.
The 99% of course, which I imagine isn't 99% but just a few pot-heads here and there in Manhattan and Paris.
He could have just foregone the expansive liberal thesis about the big bad masters of the universe keeping the heel to the neck of all the genius unknown garage bands of the world.
David could have read it himself. That would have been something. An audiobook as performance art.
He began brilliantly with a discussion/theory about how recorded music and performance are so very different. That's what I expected - not some rehashing about the abusive 1%.
David. Stay away from the politics - all that is so temporal. Do the big picture and the deep thought in the future.
Confessions of St. Augustine
A lot more that anyone could possibly want to know
This whole experiment with socialism is almost over.
Also could have been titled or perhaps "Requiem of a Light-Weight" of even "So What, Who Cares".
One can almost hear George III thinking out loud about the loss of all the vast open spaces of America. There is a total lack of any sense of awe of America in this Englishman's very long book. He strives to show how American Exceptionalism was merely the result of happy and brutal coincidence. Reading between the lines we see a typical European Liberal (in the modern vile sense of the word) green with envy that they lost their colonies.
I am about 15 hours into this long thing. Perhaps if he traveled the country like de Tocqueville he might have gotten a real sense of the American people. Instead we can imagine him up to his elbows in obscure research sources at Cambridge or at Cambridge West (Harvard).
So, to read this, you must endure continual subtle and overt leftist bias and his criticism of what is thinks is the American tendency to over react to imaginary threats (i.e. the silly red scar of the 1950s - which we have known since the fall of the USSR was real indeed).
I suppose this tendency to graft one's political biases onto past events is what makes many history books highly suspect.
But if you can hold your nose and get past the liberal bias, the book is interesting and has some original in-sights.
Too bad it was read by some lady with a stuffy British accent. This is another substantial negative.
The speaker is probably good. However the producers of this great book have compressed (speeded up the reading) to a very annoying, highly unnatural and way to rapid. It makes the reader seem frantic to finish it up. How could this have happened to an author like Sowell. Buy the book or wait for the audio redo.
May have been something too it but couldn't get past the readers. Don't they audition the readers and at least strive for tolerability?
I read it. When finished, my only thought was, Who cares? What, he's like a famous statistician right? He's a hero in his own discredited mind.
One of the best books I've ever read. With probing intelligence and a lifetime of economics experience discriminating between economists truth and lies, Melloan offers a clear and panoramic view of the peril our country has been placed in by Obama et al.
This is not another emotional regurgitation of well known cliches in the manner of Glenn Beck and Dick Morris. This is an honest to goodness presentation of new ideas and insights. I have read it twice. I am knocked over by the depth of experience that over a half century of being on the economic front lines brings.
The reader was very good but the production company did one of those compressions thinking we didn't need as much time between words. That practice should be abandoned. Even still, the reader himself was very good.
If you're a Sowell reader, you already read this stuff. Includes previously famous articles and there is even a chapter of one sentence aphorisms. A crass $ grab? Say it isn't so Tom.
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